Dementia is the leading cause of death in women and the third leading cause of death in men, according to new mortality statistics released by the Office of National Statistics today (29 October 2014).
31,850 women died with dementia in 2013 compared to 26,075 deaths from ischemic heart diseases, the second leading cause of death in women. 15,262 men died with dementia in the same year.
Alzheimer’s Society comment:
Gavin Terry, Policy Manager at Alzheimer’s Society said:
‘With 225,000 people developing dementia every year and numbers set to soar, dementia is one of the biggest health and social care challenges the UK faces. For too long dementia has been wrongly seen by many clinicians as a natural part of ageing and, as such, they have failed to record it as a cause of death. Increasing awareness of the condition has started to combat this, and these figures are likely to be a product of that.
We often hear of people with dementia not dying in the manner they want to. Staff working with people with dementia who might be nearing the end of their lives need to receive specific training so they can provide the best care possible and support those with dementia to die with dignity.’