Over 50s dementia care quality 'must be improved'

The Alzheimer's Research Trust has called for an improvement in the quality of care available for over 50s suffering from dementia.

A dementia research charity has called for the quality of care for over 50s suffering from Alzheimer's disease to be assessed and improved.

New research from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics has raised concerns that those affected by the degenerative disease are not currently receiving a sufficiently high quality of support and assessment.

The report has been described by the Alzheimer's Research Trust as an "important" indicator of the neglected status of dementia care in the UK.

Andrew Scheuber, spokesperson for the charity, stated that the disease has long held a "Cinderella status" in comparison to more widely publicised illnesses such as cancer.

He therefore called for greater attention to be paid to preventing the disease at its earliest stages instead of focusing only on late-stage treatment.

Mr Scheuber said: "Once someone is diagnosed with dementia, [we should make sure that] there is a clear pathway for treatment."

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