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Conservative Health Minister pledges boost to Alzheimer’s funding

Shadow Health  Minister Stephen O’Brien‘s words were music to the ears of Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, when he pledged increased proportional funding for dementia research.

He disclosed to the packed audience at a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference that his mother-in-law suffered from the degenerative disease, and described how an earlier pledge to support this cause had not been seized on by Labour as a competitive strategy.

Ms Wood also told Mr O’Brien that she supported Conservative plans to increase the retirement age to 66 as it could help offset some of the symptoms of dementia. She is very vocal in her disappointment about Labour’s lack of support over the last 11 years. accusing them of having a “piecemeal” approach.


5 Comments

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  3. My name is Kathy and I am the full time caregiver for my eighty one year-old Dad who has Alzheimer’s and lives with me in North Carolina.

    When my Mom died in 2004 and Dad moved in with me, I had no idea what to do. But day by day, I found ways to cope, and even enjoy having my Dad with me.

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  4. it need to be taken care….

  5. It’s certainly something that needs a lot of funding.

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