Dementia awareness boost planned for over-40s

People over 40 in England are to be given more information about dementia to help improve early diagnosis of the condition, the health secretary said.

During their free NHS health check, patients will be told when they should report memory problems to their GP.

Jeremy Hunt said the government’s aim was for the UK to be the world’s most “dementia-friendly” country by 2020.

It comes after Alzheimer’s Research UK warned the condition posed a “looming national health crisis”.

Under the plans, there is a new aim for 10% of all people diagnosed with dementia to take part in research to try to improve diagnosis and treatment of the condition.

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