Dementia deaths set to almost quadruple by 2040

Amy Schofield 18 May 2017

The number of people who die from dementia is set to almost quadruple in coming years, according to a new study.

An increase in deaths from the condition will contribute to a soaring number of people who will be in need of end-of-life care, the researchers added.

The study, published in the journal BMC Medicine, contains analysis of mortality statistics for England and Wales from 2006 to 2014.

It is estimated that by 2040, 219,409 people in England and Wales will die from dementia. This represents a significant rise from the 59,199 people who died from the condition in 2014.

Rob Burley, Director of Policy at Alzheimer’s Society, called for action to improve dementia-appropriate end-of-life care: “Currently there is scant palliative care for people with dementia, just 8% of people with dementia die at home, and less than 1% die in hospices.

"Everyone has the right to a dignified death in a place of their choosing, yet we continue to see the sustained failure by the system to prepare and plan for end-of-life care for people with dementia. 

“This predicted fourfold increase in dementia deaths is a wake-up call to provide more dementia-appropriate palliative care services in the community.” 


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