This guideline covers mid-life approaches to delay or prevent the onset of dementia, disability and frailty in later life. The guideline aims to increase the amount of time that people can be independent, healthy and active in later life.

Who is it for?

  • Commissioners, managers and practitioners with public health as part of their remit, working in the public, private and third sector
  • The public.


The guideline includes recommendations on promoting a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of or delay the onset of disability, dementia and frailty by helping people to:

  • stop smoking
  • be more active
  • reduce their alcohol consumption
  • improve their diet and,
  • lose weight and maintain a healthy weight if necessary.


Evidence used to create this guideline

Guideline development process

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