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NHS Abandons The Old Who Need Care.
One of the problems the coalition will face is the increasing cost of caring for the old as medical advances continue to increase lifespan whithout doing much to alleviate the problems of old age and informity such as dementia, atrhritis, and heart disease. Now the NHS stans accused of turning its back on old people in need of care.

The National Health Service Is Failing The Elderly
by Ian R Thorpe.
2010-09-29
CREATIVE COMMONS: Attribute, non commercial, no derivs.
KEYWORDS: age, old, elderly, dementia, infirmity, disdability, independence, care, NHS, hospital, alzheimer's

NHS Turning Its Back On The Elderly
One of the great problems we face in the immediate and longer term furure is dealing with the needs of an ageing population. Science may have increased lifespan greatly and eradicated many infectious diseases over the course of the 21st century but it has failed to anticipate the needs of an ageing population.

The most obious and perhaps the most costly of the health problems unleashed by this longevity is Alzheimer's disease. Every scientific breakthriugh in the prevention and treatment of this terrible affliction seems to lead up a rather short dead end. As long as dementia remains so poorly understood doctors are often too quick to diagnose Alzheimer's disease when in fact a patient is simply suffering from another frequent cause of demention, the deterioration of the brain, nervous system and circulatory system that is a result of bodies wearing out, we are not likely to make progress in dealing with the problem.

Another frequent problem in the old is cancer. While medicine has made great progress in curing younger patients of many forms of cancer, the cancers of old age continue to be major killers.

There are many other age related problems, brittle bone disease, arthritis, heart problems, all of them debilitating, some controllable with drugs but not curable. So then we face the cost of caring for increasing numbers old elderly, inform people who can no longer live alone. The result is inevitable:

from BBC News:
Vulnerable elderly people are being unfairly forced to pay for health care, the new chairman of the House of Commons health committee says.

Stephen Dorrell said patients with conditions such as dementia used to get free care in NHS geriatric hospitals.

But the number of places has fallen by nearly 80% in the UK over the past 20 years - despite the ageing population.

He said this had pushed people into the means-tested social care system where they were often charged for treatment.
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In the present economic climate this problem is being increasingly highlighted. The Daily Stirrer, ahead of the games as usual, has dealt with it previously

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