We must all take responsibility for 'dementia-proofing' our own health

Publication date: 20 July 2017

Responding to research published in The Lancet today, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “Dementia causes a huge amount of distress for many patients, their families, friends and carers. This research makes a compelling case for doing what we can throughout our lives to prevent or delay the onset of dementia, even if just for a few years.

"We welcome the broader, societal approach outlined in this research, and certainly the idea that we all need to take individual responsibility, usually by making relatively small lifestyle changes – at all stages of life - to ‘dementia-proof’ our own health, and that of our families. 

"It is clear that maintaining optimal physical and mental health and wellbeing is key, which stresses the importance of having a properly funded general practice service, and wider NHS. But also for having appropriate services in the community, such as smoking cessation services, schemes to promote physical activity, and services that could help stave off social isolation – and for GPs and our teams to have quick and easy access to these.

"Mental health, diabetes, and promoting physical activity and lifestyle are all clinical priorities for the College, and we are working with a number of partners to develop resources to support GPs and our community-based teams to deliver the best possible care for all our patients."

Further Information

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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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