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Five ways to avoid dementia, elderly not so sick after all and how companies could run the NHS

There are five ways to reduce the risk of developing dementia, reports the Daily Mail. According to a study from Age UK, taking regular exercise, not smoking, maintaining a healthy bodyweight, eating a Mediterranean diet and a low alcohol intake could reduce the risk of cognitive decline by 36%.

The elderly are putting less pressure on hospital and emergency services than previously thought, writes The Times. In fact, elderly are getting healthier all the time, by not smoking and keeping a healthy diet, researchers said.

A Cabinet minister tasked with designing £20bn worth of savings in the Whitehall budget says the NHS can be run ‘outside of’ the public sector, The Telegraph reports. According to the paper, Francis Maude MP said that defence and policing aside, all other state functions could be carried out by companies.