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November 4th, 2017

We were sorry to read that, for the second year running, dementia is still the leading cause of death in England and Wales.

According to government figures, in 2016 dementia was once again ahead of heart disease, which is the world’s biggest killer.

Last year, dementia was responsible for 62,948 deaths, making up 12 per cent of the total figure. Women were more susceptible to dying from dementia, which experts believe could be down to them living longer than men, on average. Death rates from dementia have more than doubled over the last five years.

But behind these headline figures, the story is not so straightforward. The marked increase is in part due to:

  • People living longer
  • Improvements in treatment of other diseases
  • Earlier diagnosis.

In other words, more people live with a diagnosis of dementia, and for longer, than they used to.

Vasita Patel, a statistician at the government’s Office for National Statistics, said: “Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease were once again the leading cause of death for England and Wales in 2016, with an increase in number of deaths compared with 2015.

“Although general increases in longevity and improved treatment of other conditions are part of the reason for this increase, improvements in recognition, identification and diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have also contributed.”

Hard work is going on behind the scenes to find cures for dementia. Dr Matthew Norton, director of policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, summed it up: “’What makes dementia one of the greatest medical challenges of modern society is the fact that we still lack a life-changing treatment to offer those affected. To defeat dementia, we must invest in research and it is essential that the condition is a national priority.”

Currently, 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia. Some are among our clients, and we do all we can to support them and their families, so they can live full and rewarding lives. We’ll carry on doing our bit, and wait for the day when there is a cure for dementia – let’s hope that time isn’t too far off.

This blog was written by Una Mills, DoCare Director. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.