Changing risk behaviours and promoting cognitive health in older adults
- An evidence based resource for local authorities and commissioners

Researchers in the Dementia Frailty and End of Life Theme conducted three systematic reviews of the scientific literature to summarise the effectiveness of interventions to promote healthy behaviours and cognitive health in older adults, and the barriers and facilitators of behaviour change in this population.

Public Health England has asked the research team to develop an evidence-based resource for commissioners and local authorities based on the reviews’ key findings. The recently published resource can be found here:

To see the publications please click here. 

The resource is intended for local authority commissioners and clinical commissioning groups
to provide a steer as to what types of interventions they should focus on to help the uptake and maintenance of healthy behaviours and promote cognitive health among older adults living in the community.

It is also intended for providers of lifestyle behaviour change programmes to support the development of evidence informed prevention packages for older adults.

Finally, it is produced in a way that makes it accessible to managers and practitioners with public health as part of their remit, working in the public, private and third sector.

That work builds on three rapid evidence reviews conducted by the same team to inform the development of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline on mid-life approaches to prevent or delay onset of dementia, disability and frailty (NICE 2015).

For more information, please contact Dr Louise Lafortune  ll394@medschl.cam.ac.uk

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