Dementia prevention and risk reduction | Brazil Dementia prevention and risk reduction | Brazil

07 Apr 2022

The “Technical Guidelines for Implementing a Healthcare Pathway for Integral Health for Older People” mentions about potentially modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity, smoking, low cognitive activity etc. (Brazilian Ministry of Health, 2018e). In addition, primary healthcare policies, such as the Family Health Strategy, carry an important role in the reduction of risk factors for dementia, even though this policy has not been developed specifically for dementia, but for cardiovascular disease and diabetes mainly. The primary healthcare policies, among other things, promote preventive actions towards hypertension, diabetes, promotion of healthier lifestyles etc. which may contribute to the risk reduction of dementia.


Brazilian Ministry of Health. (2018e). Orientações Técnicas para a Implementação de Linha de Cuidado para Atenção integral à Saúde da Pessoa Idosa no Sistema Único de Saúde—SUS. Ministério da Saúde do Brasil.