Dementia the 'greatest medical challenge' now

Dementia is often referred to as the greatest medical challenge of our age, according to the Alzheimer's Research Trust.

Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at the organisation, said people may be living longer, but they are not necessarily living healthily for longer.

Because of this ageing population, there is a growing need for more research into dementia, which will require additional funding, he remarked.

"We've campaigned with government to try and increase this as a priority and they have, to their credit, looked into," Dr Ridley stated.

"The trouble within government is that they are facing cutbacks."

According to a report published by the Alzheimer's Research Trust earlier this year, funding for dementia research is 12 times lower than that allocated to cancer research.

With little hope of a miracle cure on the horizon, giving a lasting power of attorney to a friend or family member could provide peace of mind in case dementia does strike.

Posted by Gemma Roskell

Published on: August 19, 2010

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