Deaths due to dementia
In the UK, dementia was the leading cause of death in 2022 and has been the leading cause of death for women since 2011 – maintaining its position throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Dementia is the only major cause of death without a treatment to prevent, slow or stop disease progression.
In 2019, dementia accounted for 1.8 million deaths worldwide. This figure includes deaths where dementia was a contributing factor, however in some cases dementia is not listed as an underlying cause of death on death certificates.