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.

Number of deaths from dementia in England, Scotland and Wales in 2023

death england and wales scotland

National Records for Scotland – Monthly mortality analysis 

Office of National Statistics – Monthly mortality analysis for England and Wales

Estimated number of global deaths due to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by region in 2015 and 2030