06:04am Wednesday 27 May 2020

Increase in the number of people dying with dementia

Reported on the Government website : The proportion of people dying with a recorded dementia diagnosis has more than doubled since 2001.

Figures show the number of deaths with a mention of dementia was:

  • 6.6% of all deaths in 2001
  • 15.8% of deaths in 2014
  • This is most likely due to an increase in awareness and recording of dementia.

The new reports were produced by the Dementia Intelligence Network (DIN) in collaboration with the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN) and draw on national data to see if there have been changes in dementia deaths over time, who the people dying with dementia are, where they die and the cause of their death.

The findings suggest that people who live in more deprived areas die with dementia at a younger age than those who live in more affluent areas.

There are also considerable differences between the place of death for people who have dementia and the general population. People with dementia are considerably more likely to die in hospitals and care homes and less likely to die at home or in end of life care settings such as hospices.

Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia for NHS England and chair of the PHE’s DIN leadership group said: High quality end of life care is a key aspect of the quality of dementia services. This report highlights some important measures of end of life in people with dementia and is helpful in raising the profile of this crucial aspect of dementia care.

British Geriatrics Society

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