Mid-life approaches to prevent or delay dementia, disability and frailty
Researchers in the Dementia Frailty End of Life Care theme conducted three rapid evidence reviews showing what can be done in mid-life to prevent or delay the onset of dementia, disability and frailty later on. These reviews supported the development of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) public health guidance and informed the research agenda.
People are living longer and want to spend their extra years living independently. There is mounting evidence that damaging lifestyle behaviours in mid-life – such as smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, lack of physical activity and being overweight – can lead to poor health in late life.
Researchers conducted three rapid evidence reviews to provide a comprehensive summary of the link between behaviours in mid-life and health later on, to identify what works for whom, and to underscore what stops or helps people change their behaviours. NICE published their first guidance specifically targeting people in mid-life based on the findings from these reviews.