Simple ways to defuse the dementia timebomb – EXPRESS COMMENT

Simple ways to defuse the dementia timebomb – EXPRESS COMMENT

It is society's timebomb. The number living with the condition in the UK is expected to rise to one million by 2021. That is a frightening figure but it is not inevitable. Simon Stevens, the NHS England chief executive, has spelt out to the Daily Express how we could all help ourselves to avoid the illness with some simple lifestyle changes. They are hardly demanding. Among them are: don't smoke, don't overeat and don't drink too much. Some exercise can only do you good as well.

It doesn't mean that scientists will give up trying to find a cure for this heartbreaking condition, it just means we are all in it together.

There is no point in relying on the over-stretched NHS to pick up the pieces when it's all too late.

We can do something right now - it's in our hands.

Losing in a care lottery

It shouldn't cost us too much to care but it appears that it does.

In the past five years, the country has lost almost 10,000 care home beds for the elderly in the 75 local authority areas that have struggled to keep up with provision since 2014.

These people are the most vulnerable in our society and each of them has paid their way throughout their lives and yet as they reach the end of their days the care is simply not available.

The overall number of beds in the country has risen slightly but numbers suggest that older people are being left at the mercy of a postcode lottery.

If you don't live in one of the better-supplied regions, then the future is bleak.

Only half the areas in England now have more beds than they did five years ago which does not give any of us much hope for the future.

Of course, we all care. But do we care enough?

Share the Reds’ glory

Liverpool was awash with celebration yesterday as the Reds returned with the Champions League trophy – the most sought-after football title in Europe.

But that joy should spread beyond Merseyside – after all, it was an all-England match, as was the Europa League Final last week.

From those matches, only one side could come out on top and it would be an English team.

We are all winners today.

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