Dementia

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th November 2021.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Lancet Commission on Dementia prevention, intervention, and care: 2020 report on the modifiable risk factors responsible for dementia, published on 20 July 2017, what steps his Department is taking to ensure there is joint action across Directorates on dementia prevention policy.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We will be setting out our future plans on dementia prevention policy for England in due course. The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) is contributing to the development of the new strategy including a focus on prevention and risk reduction, such as the modifiable risk factors. Officials have engaged with a range of stakeholders on the new strategy, including members of the Dementia Programme Board and other Government departments.

The Healthy Ageing team within the OHID’s Early Years, Children and Families Directorate is co-ordinating and delivering work relating to dementia risk reduction. This is in collaboration with other directorates within the OHID, other Government departments, national and local stakeholders, voluntary sector organisations and academics.

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