Alzheimer's Society responds to latest ONS data for at-home dementia related deaths during coronavirus

New Office for National Statistics (ONS) data reveals an increase in the number of at-home dementia related deaths during the pandemic. Our Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns shares a comment.

Data released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the increasing number of at home dementia related deaths during the pandemic, with a 72.5% and 60.7% increase for males and females in 2020 compared to the five year average.

James White, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns at Alzheimer's Society, said:

'This shocking rise in the number of people with dementia dying is a chilling reminder of the pandemic’s impact. Through our support line we continue to hear of the devastation and heartbreak families affected are experiencing, made worse by a social care system unable to cope.

'We urgently need the upcoming white paper to focus on drastically improving the quality, access and affordability of social care for the 850,000 people living with dementia, a figure that will reach one million by the end of the decade, to ensure they have the support they need and deserve.'

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