[Source: gov.uk 20/05/14]
Action to tackle smoking, drinking, sedentary behaviour and poor diet could reduce the risk of dementia in later life alongside other conditions such as heart disease, stroke and many cancers, according to the UK Health Forum and Public Health England in a joint consensus statement known as the Blackfriars Consensus Statement.
Fifty-nine organisations and experts from across the dementia and public health community, including practitioners and researchers, signed the consensus statement which was accompanied by correspondence in the Lancet. The agreement highlights the need for a new national focus on dementia risk reduction. It was drawn up following a meeting held earlier this year by the UK Health Forum and Public Health England (PHE) in Blackfriars, London.