Rise in deaths due to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Mortality statistics for England and Wales show that dementia and Alzheimer’s disease were the leading cause of death last year, accounting for more than one in eight of all deaths (12.7%) | Office for National Statistics

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that, with increases in both the size and age of the population, the number of deaths is expected to rise further. A total of 67,641 deaths were attributed to dementia and Alzheimer’s last year, up from 62,948 the previous year. Meanwhile, a better understanding of dementia and improved diagnosis is also likely to have caused increased reporting of dementia on death certificates, it added.

Full detail: Deaths registered in England and Wales (series DR): 2017

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