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Launch of the new NHS Health Check Dementia Pilots

Public Health England is working with Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society to extend the dementia risk reduction component of the NHS Health Check to all 40-64 year olds at sites in Birmingham, Bury, Manchester and Southampton. This will see over 250 GP practices raising awareness about dementia risk reduction amongst people in midlife as part of the health check for the first time, and will also test a community based model for sharing the message ‘What’s good for your heart is good for your head’.

Dr Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor, said

“Recent surveys have highlighted that awareness of dementia risk reduction is very low. Unlike cancer or heart disease, people are unaware that there are positive steps they can take to improve their health and reduce their risk of dementia. “

Dr Andrew Coward, GP in Birmingham said

“Extending the NHS Health Check will raise awareness of dementia for those in middle age, which is a key time, by signposting to local services, and giving practical steps to reduce risk of developing dementia.”

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