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The UK's ageing population may cause health crisis

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It has been reported this week that one in three people born in 2015 will develop dementia during their lifetimes. Research has revealed that, due to longer life expectancies, 27 per cent of boys and 37 per cent of girls will develop the condition.  
 
Alzheimer’s Research UK has warned of a possible health and funding crisis as the cost of dementia to the UK is already in excess of £26 billion, more than the cost of either cancer or heart disease. 
 
Symptoms of dementia include problems with memory and thinking. The disease can lead to difficulties with walking and swallowing meaning that people suffering from dementia often require 24 hour care. 
 
Given the statistics for future generations, it is vital that research is carried out today to either prevent or treat this disease. 

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