9 ways to prevent dementia

One in three cases of dementia could be potentially prevented by targeting nine risk factors, including continuing education in early life, reducing hearing loss in mid-life, and stopping or reducing smoking. Such prevention requires public health interventions, as well as individual action. Acting now will vastly improve life for people with dementia and their families, and in doing so, will transform the future of society.

KEY MESSAGES

• Dementia is the greatest global challenge for health and social care in the 21st century

• The number of people with dementia is increasing globally

• Prevention is possible and rates of dementia can be greatly decreased

• 9 lifestyle risk factors account for 35% of the risk of getting dementia

• While genes affect Alzheimer’s disease they are relatively less important in older people. The only important gene APOE4 accounts for 7% of risk

• Ambitious action is required at both a policy and

societal level to implement preventative strategies

NINE PREVENTABLE RISK FACTORS

• stopping education at the age of 12-15 years old

• high blood pressure

• obesity

• hearing loss in mid-life (45-65 years old)

• smoking

• depression

• physical inactivity

• social isolation

• diabetes in later life (over 65 years old)

You can download the report here

Preventing Dementia – 9 key risk factors[1]

Is your child under 5 and at risk of being overweight?

Do you have a child under 5?

Do you or anyone else have concerns that your child is at risk of becoming overweight?

Would you like to:

• reduce mealtime stress?

• enjoy being active as a family more often?

• encourage your child away from the screens and TV?

• see your child eat more fruit and vegetables?

Free sessions at Hounslow Children Centres

Alf Kings (Feltham) 020 8583 3922

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Calling all families of 5-13 year olds!

Want to improve your lifestyle? Then why not join the Change4life family programme!

Do you feel your or your children are affected by the following?

– Feeling tired or sluggish

– Having no routine

– Mood swings or temper tantrums

– Fussy eating habits

– Poor oral hygiene

– Poor posture

– Poor skin, spots or acne

– Clothes are no longer fitting well

– Maybe you are spending too much time watching TV and using gadgets?

– Not getting enough exercise

– Skipping meals but frequently snacking or eating too much or too little

– Aches and pains

– Low levels of concentration

Download more info by clicking this link changeforlife

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Aged 14-19 and finding it hard to maintain your weight? Join our new programme.

Aged 14 to 19?

Are you feeling tired, having difficulty concentrating, breaking out in spots or

acne – maybe experiencing bad breath, body odour or mood swings?

Are you finding it difficult to maintain a healthy weight?

If so then the Confident YOU programme maybe for you.

Confident YOU is an 8-week Programme for 14 to19 year old’s.

Delivered by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, it is designed to help

young people make new friends, feel good about the way you look, feel

good about what you achieve in school, feel more active and fitter, make

smart choices about your well-being, smile confidently and make positive

changes whilst learning how to achieve your goals

The Confident YOU programme can help YOU make the right choices so

you can feel more in control.

Want to know more about the programme or see if the programme is right

for you?

Contact:

Tel: 020 8973 3530

Email: Change4life.hounslow@nhs.net

Online: oneyouhounslow.org.uk

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Transforming our health care system – Kings Fund Report

Here is a document by the Kings Fund which outlines the 10 things that commissioners can do help transform healthcare.

Kings Fund 10 Priorities

The organisations commissioning health services in England changed radically in April 2013. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are now responsible for the majority of the NHS budget, controlling around £69 billion in 2015/16. Public health budgets of £2.8 billion have transferred to local authorities (although this figure does not take into account the in-year budget cuts to the public health grant of £200 million announced in June 2015, or the funding that will flow to local authorities due to the transfer of significant NHS responsibilities from October 2015). NHS England is responsible for commissioning primary care (£12 billion) and specialised services (£15 billion), largely through its 4 regional teams and the sub-regions that sit beneath them. As of April 2015, in most parts of the country NHS England shares these responsibilities with CCGs through co-commissioning arrangements, although the extent of delegation varies between CCGs. Health and wellbeing boards, convened by local authorities, are intended to play a key role in coordinating the activities of these commissioners, although their effectiveness is dong so seems variable (Humphries and Galea 2013). Commissioning support units provide a range of services to CCGs and NHS England to help them perform effectively.

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New Move Away from Pre-Diabetes Programme

People with pre-diabetes will often have no symptoms, but have an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Patients belonging to Feltham and Great West Road Localities can access a special service and reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

What is Pre-diabetes?

Pre-diabetes is also called Impaired Glucose Tolerance. Like diabetes, pre-diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high and the body cannot use it properly. The glucose levels are not high enough at this stage to be diagnosed with diabetes.

In pre-diabetes, the pancreas (an organ in the body) does not produce enough insulin or the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly. Insulin is a hormone in the blood which lowers and controls blood glucose level. This is often the result of carrying extra fat around the waist area.

Is there a cure for Pre-diabetes?

There are no medications which can treat or cure pre-diabetes.

The only way of reducing your risk of diabetes is through lifestyle changes. This includes increasing activity levels, eating a healthy, balanced diet & maintaining a healthy weight.

What is the ‘Move Away from Pre-diabetes’ programme?

The programme is fun, motivating and an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about nutrition and making healthy changes to your lifestyle.

The service aims to help you achieve:

  • healthy weight
  • healthy eating
  • more active lifestyle
  • improved blood pressure, blood glucose & cholesterol

You can download the patient leaflet here.

MAP Patient leaflet (hounslow)

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