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What impact may Alzheimers disease have upon the UK ageing population and economy in the future?

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Hamda Ahmed What impact may Alzheimer?s disease have upon the UK ageing population and economy in the future? In this essay I will be investigating what impact Alzheimer?s disease may have upon the UK?s ageing population and economy in the future. Alzheimer?s disease is a physical disease of the brain. This disease is caused by parts of the brain wasting away which damages the structure of the brain and how it works. This leads to symptoms like loss of memory, mood change, communication problems and reasoning. This disease mostly affects the UK ageing population, there has been an increase in Alzheimer?s cases because there is more older people and that increases the number of individual with the disease for example, 1 in 14 people over 65 years of age is affected by Alzheimer?s and 1in 6 over the age of 80 (REF 1). This shows that the risk increases with age, so the older you get the more chance you have of developing the condition. ...read more.

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This recommendation will help the economy because if this disease is made a national priority this could help raise the money for the research and that could possibly lead to a good chance of finding a cure. Increase funding for dementia research: Another sustainable option would be to increase funding for dementia research because the number of people with the disease is increasing more and more every year. In 2005 16% of the UK population was affected with this disease, this is estimated to increase to 25% by 2041(REF 5). Prime Minster David Cameron stated that this “national crisis” is one his personal priorities, he also launched a “national challenge on dementia.” Funding for dementia research is to reach £66m by 2015 from £26.6m 2010. (REF 6). Increasing the amount dementia research is an important priority because improving the treatment of people with the dementia in the future and providing high quality care to meet their needs means helping get rid of this disease. ...read more.

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In-Conclusion: Alzheimer’s is an expensive disease and there is no cure for it. It’s hard for people to get diagnosed at early stages as the symptoms could be caused by other conditions. The life expectancy after diagnosis is approximately seven years; fewer than 3% of individuals live more than 14 years after diagnosis. (REF 7). As the population ages the risk for getting dementia is higher and the cost will increase as it’s estimated that the total cost will be £50 billion by 2038. (REF 8). Dementia research is severely underfunded. Just 2.5% of the government’s medical research budget is spent on dementia research, while a quarter is spent on cancer research. Even though the cost of dementia is twice that of cancer. (REF 9). Increasing funding for dementia is the most important recommendation; this is because without the funding for dementia there wouldn’t be a chance for a cure because there isn’t money to do the research. ...read more.

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