Reducing and managing dementia risk in primary care
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Evidence and practice    

Reducing and managing dementia risk in primary care

Beth Goss-Hill Deputy head of the Admiral Nurse Academy, Dementia UK, London, England
Angela Moore Service development consultant Admiral Nurse, Dementia UK, London, England
Karen Harrison Dening Head of research and publications, Dementia UK, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the importance of increasing professional and public understanding of non-modifiable and modifiable risk factors for dementia

  • To identify the opportunities that nurses working in primary care have to promote brain health and dementia prevention

  • To consider how you could support people to make lifestyle changes that may reduce their risk of dementia

It is expected that the prevalence of dementia will continue to rise over the coming years, with subsequent effects on the well-being of families and increasing the pressure on an already over-burdened health and social care system. This article discusses the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for dementia and suggests potential interventions to support the reduction and management of dementia-related risks in primary care. It uses a case study to demonstrate the benefits of a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse role in primary care. The potential for dementia-related risks to escalate can have a wider effect on a person’s family if these are not appropriately identified and managed through specialist support.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2023.e1790

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Goss-Hill B, Moore A, Harrison Dening K (2023) Reducing and managing dementia risk in primary care. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2023.e1790

Published online: 22 March 2023

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