Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease remain the leading cause of death in England and Wales, accounting for 12.0% of all deaths registered in 2016, up from 11.6% in 2015, according to new Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures.
This increase is attributed by ONS to people living longer, due to improved lifestyles and medical advances. With people living longer and surviving other illnesses, the number of people developing dementia and Alzheimer disease is increasing. Improved identification and diagnosis of dementia has also contributed to the increase.
Here, the Alzheimer’s Society responds to the figures showing dementia remains the leading cause of death.