The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced that Dementia and Alzheimer’s had become the leading cause of death in England and Wales in 2015 – which equates to 11.6% of all deaths.
It has replaced heart disease, which had accounted for 11.5% of deaths in the same year.
Dementia is a term used to describe degenerative disorders that then triggers a gradual loss of brain function; such as thinking, remembering and reasoning.
62% of all diagnosed cases are from Alzheimer’s – a form of dementia.
Though currently incurable, there are drugs that can help the symptoms and slow progression of the disease.
In 2015, dementia was the cause of death for more than 61,000 people, with the disease claiming the lives of twice as many women than men.
Coronary heart disease is still the leading cause of death for men.
One-in-six people aged 80 or over have dementia, and there are 670,000 dementia carers in the UK.
The number of deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease has increased over the years, as diagnosis and reporting has improved.
Currently, only a third or 44% of people with dementia receive a formal diagnosis.
Mind Andover offers a dementia advice service.
They offer advice on how to live life to the full when you have dementia or Alzheimer’s and how to plan for the future amongst other things.
Sally Jeffrey’s mother is suffering from dementia. I asked her whether she feels like she is getting enough support:
by Lauren Berry (@laurenbjourno)