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NHS Health Check for dementia risk

Healthcare professionals in GP surgeries and the community will soon give advice on dementia risk to patients as part of the NHS Health Check. People over 40 in England will be given advice on dementia as part of their free NHS health check.

Adding the dementia element to the NHS Health Check programme aims to enable healthcare professionals to talk to their patients about how they can reduce their dementia risk, such as by maintaining their social life, keeping mentally and physically active and stopping smoking.

It is estimated that over 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK with little public understanding of how it's possible to reduce the risk. While much of the NHS Health Check focuses on reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, the advice for preventing CVD is much the same as for dementia: "what's good for the heart is good for the brain".

Read Public Health England - Dementia risk now included as part of NHS Health Check