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Dementia care must be central to election votes

Care and treatment for sufferers of dementia should be at the heart of the general election campaign, the Alzheimer's Society charity has said. One in three people over 65 die with dementia and the number of sufferers will rise to a million in 20 years time, according to the charity.

But 75% of 1,500 carers and sufferers they surveyed say the help they receive is inadequate, and 25% thought care staff did not understood the condition.

Costs will rise along with the ageing population and the number of people who suffer from the condition. At present the UK spends £27bn a year caring for the 700,000 people living with dementia.

The society said MPs recognise there is political capital in trying to help, and more than 100 MPs surveyed by the charity said they believed a settlement for the funding of social care needs to be a priority.

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