Dementia accounts for 15 per cent of deaths in England

Published 10 November 2010

Dementia accounts for approximately 15 per cent of all deaths in England according to a report published by the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN).

The report found that 59 per cent of people who died with dementia did so in nursing or residential care homes, compared to 32 per cent in hospital. Furthermore, the number of incidences of dementia being recorded as the leading, rather than contributory, cause of death on death certificates is rising, indicating the severity of the condition.

Alzheimer's Society comment:

'The research shows that a staggering 15 per cent of deaths are attributable to dementia but this is actually the tip of the iceberg - we know that 1 in 3 people over 65 will die with dementia and we need death certificates to reflect this.

'Research from the National Audit Office found that the UK is in the bottom third of Europe when it comes to dementia care. This is disgraceful. Dementia training must be provided to all care home and hospital staff to ensure people receive quality care from diagnosis to end of life.'
Ruth Sutherland
Interim Chief Executive
Alzheimer's Society

Research Reference:
National End of Life Care Intelligence Network: Deaths from Alzheimer's disease, dementia and senility in England.
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