More than one in 10 registered deaths in 2018 due to dementia and Alzheimer’s – Alzheimer’s Society comments

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease accounted for more than a tenth of the registered deaths in England and Wales in 2018, new figures show.

Last year saw the highest number of deaths for ten years, with 541,589 deaths registered in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

But the organisation said mortality rates have remained generally stable since 2011, when taking into account the size and age of the general population.

Deaths from dementia and Alzheimer's disease continued to increase, accounting for 12.8 per cent of all registered deaths.

Sally Copley, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

'For four years now, we’ve seen deaths caused by dementia increase. We need to take action now to tackle the biggest health crisis of our time. One person develops dementia in the UK every three minutes and there are still far too many facing a future alone, without adequate support.

There has never been a more urgent need for the Government, the NHS, the research community and society to unite with us against this devastating condition.

'We are working hard to make sure everyone can live well with dementia today and find a cure for the future, but we need the Government to prioritise dementia with a dedicated NHS Dementia Fund and invest in a plan for long term social care reform.

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