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June 28th, 2018

We are delighted to hear the NHS is to introduce advice and information on dementia during routine health checks for people aged over 40 in England.

Health check

Guidance on how to reduce the risk of dementia will be given to patients at GP surgeries and through community health programmes because, as Public Health England (PHE) says, up to one-third of dementia cases could be improved through lifestyle choices.

At the same time, statistics show that more than a quarter of people – 28% – have no awareness of risk factors and only 2% know what they can do to reduce them.

This roll out to the general over 40s population in England follows a successful pilot carried out by PHE with the help of the charities Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society.

What is the NHS England over 40s health check?

This is a check carried out at the GP surgery or health centre, and is recommended to take place every five years for those aged 40 to 74.

Routine checks include height, weight, blood, and blood pressure, with the focus being very much on reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

But, as PHE says, “What’s good for the heart is good for the brain.”

We’ve blogged before about the risk factors relating to dementia. These include smoking, drinking alcohol and lack of exercise – all risk factors associated with heart disease.

We think talking about dementia to the over 40s is a fantastic idea. There is so much we could all do to help keep ourselves as healthy as possible and to avoid dementia. And for those who live with the condition – as so many of our clients do – keeping healthy and active goes a long way towards mitigating the symptoms.

This blog was written by Jinny Searle, Specialist Team Leader. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.