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Dementia death toll rises two-fold among over-65s

The incurable disease is now one of the biggest health risks that older people face.

Only heart disease killed more people in England in 2013 Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.

in 2014, the alarming figures show, there were 73.189 deaths with a recorded mention of dementia, mostly in people 65 years or older.

The number in 2001 was only 32,600. Dementia mentioned in 6.6 percent of all deaths in 2001, but that figure soared to 15.8 percent in 2014 with the death rate jumping from 106 deaths per 100,000 to 188.

it is now the leading cause of death in women and the second leading cause of death among men

Hilary Evans, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:. “These figures highlight an inescapable truth that no treatments to stop or slow the diseases that cause dementia, currently nobody survives a diagnosis.

“with an aging population, we have seen the number of people develop increased status over time, and current projections show this number will continue to grow unless new treatments or preventions can be found. “

figures, Network Intelligence dementia in collaboration with the National final life Care Intelligence Network, reveal how the condition has taken over the UK.

mortality rates are higher in central England, but vascular dementia is more common in western England and Alzheimer’s disease in the North.

in more than half of cases of the disease was recorded as an underlying cause of death or as a contributing cause.

the increase is due in part to a better understanding of dementia is caused by diseases such as Alzheimer’s physically attack the brain.

Professor Christian Holscher, dementia leading researcher at Lancaster University, said. “The new figures show the great dementia health risk posed to our population

“More research should be funded to allow the development of effective treatments to stop this disease. occurred in care homes. About a third died in hospital, while less than a tenth died at home. Alzheimer’s Society, said the report highlights “the shameful inequality” between those who die with and without the condition

spokesman Martina Kane said. “Dementia remains last overlooked as a terminal illness. as a result we continue to see the failure sustained to prepare and plan the end of life.

“Everyone has the right to a dignified death in a place of their choice, however, this report shows people with dementia are being shamefully treated as second-class citizens. It is heartbreaking that so many people with the disease are spending their last days in an unknown place “

Rachel Thompson, dementia UK, said:”. It is very important dementia is recognized as a life-limiting condition as patients and their families need to talk about their wishes at the end of its useful life. “

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