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.

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