Business Letters: Give jobs to the elderly and all will benefit

Originally published at The Times

My mother worked until the age of 87 and the day she retired she started to get dementia. At 91 she is in a wheelchair, although there is nothing wrong with her legs — she just forgot how to walk.

Accordingly, I read with great interest and reflection last week’s report “Alzheimer’s: a curse that big pharma forgot”. Having watched the progress of dementia first hand, I agree that great responsibility sits with the medical profession and the pharmaceuticals industry in terms of the quest for more effective treatments.

However, I believe that wider society and business also have a role to play in terms of attitudes towards the elderly and in encouraging lifestyles that reduce the risk of dementia. Research suggests that the benefits.

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