Brain: Health Education

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

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Photo of Philippa Whitford Philippa Whitford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment the UK Government has made of the concept of brain health in encouraging people to reduce their dementia risk.

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

Currently, the NHS Health Check programme aims to raise awareness of the risk factors that affect both heart and brain health. This aims to prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease, and some cases of dementia among adults aged 40 to 74 years old.

We will be setting out our future plans on dementia for England in 2022. The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities is contributing to the development of the new strategy which will include a focus on prevention and risk reduction. As part of this, the concept of brain health in encouraging people to reduce their dementia risk, is being explored. Officials are engaging with a range of stakeholders on the new strategy including members of the Dementia Programme Board and other Government departments.

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