There are about 850,000 in the UK who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other severe neurodegenerative problems (approx 70% have Alzheimer’s and 20% vascular dementia).
Only those over 65 have a mid-life MoT at present. If the pilot is a success it will be extended to all GPs allowing them to suggest ways that people can cope with it better.
Exercising more, controlling weight and blood pressure, and eating better, are a few ways that could help.
Another part of the project is to enlist people in research to allow doctors to better understand and treat the condition.
Dementia can be frightening and the Alzheimer’s Society says more than 9 out of 10 people think hospitals are frightening places…
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