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Patients over the age of 65 who start taking benzodiazepines have a 50% increased chance of developing dementia, according to a study

Anti-anxiety drug benzodiazepine 'raises elderly dementia risk'

A popular anti-anxiety drug has been linked with an increased risk of dementia in pensioners, according to new research.

Arifa Akbar: Dementia is unbearable – and the system makes it worse

A deluge of responses trailed this newspaper's dementia campaign last week. Nearly all the stories you shared were heartbreaking and horrifying in equal measure. Most began with the words "I simply had to write…" or "my mother/father had a similar experience" and many described a loved one's last days, months, years, in a system that sucked the dignity out of them. There were stories of over-medication, slow diagnosis, inadequate nursing care and astronomical financial burden.

Leading article: The unacknowledged epidemic of our age

Dementia is still barely understood and sufferers often slip through gaps in the system

Care home patients with dementia being 'denied sex'

Care home patients suffering from dementia should be allowed to participate in consensual sex, experts said.

Heather Roberts, 57, pictured with her daughter Frances, 27: 'It was frustrating that it was such a hard fight to be diagnosed'

Most GPs can't recognise signs of Alzheimer's

Early treatment alleviates symptoms but only 37 per cent of doctors are trained to identify it

David Cameron vows to double dementia funding

Funding for research into dementia is to be more than doubled by 2015 in a bid to make Britain a world leader in the field, David Cameron announced today.

Cash crisis slows justice for the vulnerable at Court of Protection

Hundreds of vulnerable people seeking court decisions about where they live or whom they can meet could experience months of delays because the government expert protecting their interests has almost run out of money, The Independent can disclose.

Brief encounter: Jonathan Brown wears distorting glasses, noisy headphones and neoprene mittens to experience what life is like for people living with dementia

Dementia: A small taste of hell on earth

Dementia affects hundreds of thousands of people in the UK, yet few know how it feels. A new awareness course aims to help us to find out

Superficially similar, but the Iron Lady had a quality that Streep lacks

Iron Lady film made too soon, says David Cameron

David Cameron today stepped in to the row over the Iron Lady, claiming the film should have been made "another day".

The Iron Lady (12A)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Richard E Grant, Jim Broadbent, Anthony Head

Stanford ruled fit for trial on $7bn Ponzi allegations

The long-awaited trial of Allen Stanford, who is accused of swindling thousands of investors out of more than $7bn through an elaborate Ponzi scheme, will start next month.

Album: Joyce DiDonato, Diva Divo (Virgin Classics)

For Joyce DiDonato, the restrictions of her mezzo-soprano range are more than adequately compensated for by the opportunity to play a wider range of characters, "from ardent young men to demented, murderous wives".

Heavy smoking doubles Alzheimer's risk

Heavy smoking in mid-life more than doubles the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a study has shown.

Are We Related?, Edited by Liz Jobey

Philip Larkin's famously frank condemnation of the effects of parents - that they "fuck us up" - lead us into this Granta collection of fiction and memoir on family relationships.

Mid-life stress 'increases dementia risk'

Mid-life stress can increase the risk of women developing Alzheimer's disease, a study has shown.

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