Why is dementia set to be the UK’s biggest killer?

The number of people who die from dementia each year is increasing. While we’re making progress in treating many major health conditions, there is still no cure for dementia.

Earlier this year it was revealed that dementia is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales. For the first time, more people are dying of dementia than heart disease – in 2015, 1 in 9 people died of dementia.

Why is this?

  • More people are receiving a diagnosis of dementia than ever before. about two-thirds of people now get a formal diagnosis.
  • Doctors are more aware of dementia and have a better understanding of what happens when a person with dementia approaches the end of life.
  • Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia and our ageing population means that more people are living for longer and spending more years in ill health.
  • Changes to the way cause of death is recorded have also meant more people have dementia recorded on their death certificate.

But, the figures also reflect that there are more people living with dementia and that, sadly, there is still no cure. Of the top ten causes of death, dementia is the only one we can’t prevent, cure or even slow down.

This is why we need you to unite against dementia now

We need to make sure that there’s the best possible care for people with dementia today, and research into new treatments or a cure for tomorrow.

Only together we can beat it.

Unite now at alzheimers.org.uk

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