Dementia affects over 800,000 people in the UK and this number is set to double by 2040.
- There are a range of behaviours which could potentially increase one’s risk of developing dementia, including smoking, obesity and physical inactivity
- Changing behaviours of individuals now could help reduce the number affected by dementia in the future and reduce associated care and medical costs.
Our calls to action
- Government should increase public awareness of the causes of dementia
- Public Health England should consider incorporating dementia prevention into health checks
- Dementia prevention should be included in training for the wider public health workforce
- Further research should be undertaken into the association between lifestyle and dementia.