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Dementia risk now included in NHS Health Check

Pharmacists providing NHS Health Checks will soon be asked to include a dementia element in their routine.

Adding the dementia element will enable healthcare professionals to talk to patients about how they can reduce their dementia risk by maintaining their social life, keeping mentally and physically active and stopping smoking.

It is estimated that over 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK with little public understanding of how it’s possible to reduce the risk.

Data published in mid-June shows that over 14 million people (91% of the 5-year eligible population) have been offered an NHS Health Check, and almost half (48.7%) have taken up the offer.

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