Dementia: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26 May 2023.

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Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous The Second Church Estates Commissioner, The Second Church Estates Commissioner

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent people from developing dementia.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We are focusing on the major conditions which contribute to early mortality and reduce years of good health and taking action to reduce the risk factors for cardiovascular disease that are also risk factors for vascular dementia. For example, encouraging people in mid-life to stop smoking, reduce their alcohol consumption and improve their diet to help reduce the risk of developing dementia, disability and frailty in later life.

The Government recently announced that it will publish a Major Conditions Strategy which will set out a strong and coherent policy agenda that sets out a shift to integrated, whole-person care. An interim report will be published in the summer.

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