Changing risk behaviours and promoting cognitive health in older adults
Researchers in the Dementia Frailty End of Life Care Theme worked with Public Health England to develop an evidence-based resource to change risk behaviours and promote cognitive health in older adults.
An alarming proportion of older adults are physically inactive, smoke cigarettes, misuse alcohol, eat poorly and are socially isolated. In light of the growing evidence that these risk behaviours can damage older adults’ health, commissioners and local authorities need to provide tailored interventions to support change in these often entrenched behaviours.
Researchers undertook three systematic reviews of the scientific literature to promote healthy behaviours and cognitive health in older adults. The findings were organised in an accessible report intended to support the development and commissioning of evidence-informed prevention packages for older adults.