Health Secretary Matt Hancock backs chess as a way to help dementia sufferers

Mr Hancock’s call for more non-medical Alzheimer’s intervention include listening to music and singing and is backed by charities including Age UK.

He told a conference yesterday: “We need a culture change to tackle dementia.

“Music, singing and playing chess can all help.

“There are a number of simple, yet effective social solutions that can help and should be happening.”

The World Dementia Council summit in London – also attended by former PM David Cameron – called for meaningful goals that had a real impact on people with the dreadful condition.


Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society and Vice-Chair of the World Dementia Council, added:

“In the UK and elsewhere many communities and businesses have said they want to be dementia friendly, but little has been done to identify what that means and how to measure the impact on the lives of people affected by dementia.”

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