Published October 16, 2018 at 18:26

Dementia is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms including memory loss, problems with reasoning, perception and communication skills. It can also lead to a reduction in a person’s abilities and skills in carrying out routine activities such as washing, dressing and cooking.

The number of people estimated to be living with dementia globally is 44 million, and it is thought that this number will double by 2030. In the UK, it is estimated that around 850,000 people have dementia. This progressive condition can have a devastating effect, not just on the person who has dementia, but also on families, carers and wider society.

Core principles for healthcare professionals

Healthcare professionals should:

  • know the needs of individuals, communities and population and the services available
  • think about the resources available in health and wellbeing systems
  • understand specific activities which can prevent, protect, and promote

Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

Utilise the MECC approach to inspire positive change, and/or directing them where to go for further help where required.

All Our Health

Provides comprehensive information on what Healthcare professionals should provide in terms of information, advice and support around Dementia risk reduction interventions at a community, family and individual level.