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It may be a common ailment for our elderly population in the not-so-distant future. The health ministry’s latest estimate is that the number of people aged 65 or older suffering from dementia will reach 7 million in 2025, or one out of five people in that age group.

The government, which recently adopted a new strategy on measures against dementia, needs to follow through on the idea of ensuring a better quality of life for patients by heeding the wishes of sufferers and their families.

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