We’re raising awareness of the importance of brain health to reduce dementia risk, and urging government to deliver public health policy that promotes healthier lifestyles.

Dementia has many causes, but research has shown that a mixture of factors, including our age, genetics, lifestyle, environment and health all contribute to whether someone will go on to develop dementia. Some of these, like our age and our genetics, we can’t change – but we can influence others.

The 2020 Lancet Commission report found that up to 40% of dementia cases worldwide could be prevented or delayed by addressing 12 health and lifestyle factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • Limited education
  • Less exercise
  • High air pollution
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • Less social engagement
  • Smoking
  • Unmanaged hearing loss
  • Unmanaged depression
  • Unmanaged diabetes
  • Obesity

Looking after our brains has never been more important. With an ageing population and no treatments currently available in the UK to stop or slow the diseases that cause dementia, we need action now to promote good brain health. Brain health is a new approach to ensure the potential gains from reducing the risk of developing dementia are maximised.

We’re pushing for brain health to be a top priority in government health policy, and raising awareness of the importance of looking after brain health throughout life.

We’re working to achieve this by:

  • Creating and signing the consensus statement on Brain Health along with more than 35 other signatories demonstrating wider sector support for government and NHS action.
  • Calling for the government to prioritise brain health in its forthcoming Dementia Strategy and health promotion strategies.
  • Raising awareness of the importance of brain health with our Brain Health report, and engaging with policymakers and the public to support our Think Brain Health awareness campaign.
  • Working with organisations such as the Think Brain Health Global initiative to support researchers, healthcare professionals and the public in understanding dementia risk reduction.
  • Calling for more research to strengthen the evidence around risk reduction and good brain health.
  • We worked with government to enable the roll-out of dementia risk reduction messaging in all NHS Health Checks.

Brain Health consensus statement

November 2021

Driving progress in dementia risk reduction by rallying health stakeholders around ‘brain health’.

Experts come together to put brain health at the forefront of the public health agenda

30 November 2021

Launch of a cross-sector consensus statement on brain health led by Alzheimer’s Research UK that aims to put the concept at the forefront of the public health agenda.

Tackling pollution should be a public health priority says Alzheimer’s Research UK

26 July 2021

Call comes as researchers present findings at world’s largest dementia research conference. Pollutants associated with Alzheimer’s protein in study. Reduction in pollution linked with improved brain health and reduction in dementia cases.

Alzheimer’s Research UK calls for more funding to understand link between sport and long-term brain injury

9 March 2021

Alzheimer’s Research UK says more funding is needed to understand the link between sport and long-term brain injury – as evidence was given to MPs for the first time ahead of a new parliamentary inquiry into concussion.

Brain Health: A new way to think about dementia risk reduction

January 2021

How we can use ‘brain health’ to transform the public’s attitude towards dementia risk reduction.

Eliminating 12 modifiable risk factors could reduce dementia cases by 40%

30 July 2020

A new report has estimated that the number of dementia cases worldwide could be reduced by 40% if 12 risk factors for the condition could be completely eliminated.

Think Brain Health

Think Brain Health is an ongoing celebration of everything our amazing brains do for us and a guide to the simple things we can do to protect them in return.

NHS Health Check and reducing risk

Using the NHS Health Checks as a way of motivating people in midlife to make positive lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of dementia has been a success.

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Get facts and stats

The facts and statistics around dementia in the UK, including prevalence, the impact on the economy and investment.

Policy Involvement Panel and Sounding Boards

Our panels of people affected by dementia help drive our policy work and policymakers understand the impact of dementia.

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About our policy work

We're working with governments worldwide, funders, industry, and people impacted by dementia to support life-changing research.