GPs to give dementia risk advice
DOCTORS will now give patients advice on how to slash the risk of developing dementia as part of routine health checks.
More than half of adults say the debilitating disease is one of their biggest worries.
But health bosses say GPs will now include dementia advice in the NHS Health Check for adults aged 40 to 74 in England. Minister for Public Health Steve Brine said: “Early detection and prevention are vital to the health of our nation and our programmes in this area are among the most ambitious in the world. Our aim is to keep everyone as healthy as possible, for as long as possible, which is why we are introducing advice on dementia prevention as part of our free health checks.”
Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England said: “The NHS Health Check is one of the largest public health prevention programmes in the world. It’s free and fast, and effective – just 15 minutes that could add years to your life.”