There’s only one you – reduce your risk of dementia
The Government has announced its Dementia Plan, which focuses on how to make the UK the most dementia friendly society in the world by 2020. Initiatives include ensuring people living with dementia have personalised care plans from their GP, and if they have to be admitted to hospital, they receive person-centred care.
Significantly, the NHS Health Check programme will now be used to educate more people about the risks of developing dementia – and the steps they can take to reduce those risks. For the first time, the discussion of risk reduction for dementia in the NHS Health Check will be extended to those aged 40 or older – down from 65 or older. Public Health England has also launched the One You programme, which focuses on health and wellbeing for the 40+ age group, to prevent illness in later life.
Dementia UK has long advocated the importance of healthy living to help prevent or delay the onset of dementia. Unfortunately, too often the focus is on maintaining the health of the person with dementia and the well-being of the family carer is neglected. However, health checks are critical for carers to ensure they are able to care for the person with dementia and prevent any potential onset themselves. We believe it is important for people with dementia and their families to get regular health screening and to look after their physical and mental well-being. Dementia UK