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We need help now to fight this illness

 COUPLE: Ray and Jean Boswell are united in their battle against the ravages of dementia.

 A HUSBAND whose wife is battling dementia has welcomed plans to double Britain’s spending on research into the disease in the hope of finding a cure by 2025.

But Ray Boswell, aged 75, of Stourport, says those with the disease and their carers need support “here and now” to cope with the impact of the devastating degenerative brain illness. Prime Minister David Cameron said a cure could be “within our grasp” when he addressed scientists, politicians and campaigners at the dementia summit in London this week, called by the UK as part of its year-long chairmanship of the G8.

Mr Cameron wants the Government to double public, commercial and charitable research and development in dementia, from £66 million in 2015, to £132 million by 2025. He said the world should be “just as resolute” in tackling dementia as it had been in the past against malaria, cancer, HIV and Aids.

CQC launches dementia services review

CQC launches dementia services review

The Care Quality Commission is to undertake unannounced inspections of 150 care homes and hospitals to review the care of people with dementia in England.

The news comes on the day the prime minister is hosting a G8 summit in London to develop an international plan to combat the condition.

CQC chief executive David Behan said it will be the first time the regulator has specifically reviewed care services for people with dementia. He said the CQC’s findings would create a national picture of “what works well and where improvements are required”.

Stop trying to cure Alzheimer's – and prevent it instead

One of Britain’s top dementia experts says we’ve wasted BILLIONS on useless drugs

By Professor David Smith




Danger zone: The brown areas of this brain show Alzheimer’s

We’ve been waiting for a breakthrough drug treatment for Alzheimer’s for decades.

An astonishing £25 billion has been spent worldwide on trying to develop one, and yet we still don’t have anything that can slow down, let alone stop, the disease.

It’s true that drugs such as Aricept may help some patients with their symptoms, but only for a short while.

That leaves patients and their families in the hopeless position of waiting for the drug companies to discover a treatment.

What’s so cruel is that no one has ever made it clear to them that it doesn’t have to be like that.

There are other options.

There are things that can be done to improve the situation right now — but governments, charities and other research bodies need to make a long overdue switch to a new strategy: preventing the disease.

What is amazing is that nearly all that  £25 billion has been spent researching and testing ways to stop just one thing that goes wrong in patients’ brains.