Dementia is contributing to double the death of older people as it did ten years ago, data is exposed.
Figures from Public Health England (PHE) show that the memory reminder disorder involved the death of one in four of people aged 75 or over in England in 2017.
This is twice the number of deaths in 2007, when dementia only killed 12.8 per cent of pensioners.
Experts have given the condition, which means that brain tissue gets progressive death and is the biggest crisis in the UK, 'our health crisis'.
PHE figures record the number of people with dementia as a cause of death or cause of death, so may have cancer or heart disease.
The statistics only come a few days after the number of people over 65 years of age who are living with the condition has always been hit.
The number of people over 65 years of age living with dementia in England has increased from 431,786 in November 2016 to 453,881 in May this year. Experts say there is a sharp increase in official figures on an aging population and improved testing
Dementia, which is most common in Alzheimer's disease, affects only 850,000 people in the UK, a statistics show from the Alzheimer's Society.
In the US, 5.7 million people live with the condition, according to the American Language-Listening Society.
And the global burden is not getting worse but as we continue to live longer.
Today's PHE report showed that people aged 75 and over comprised 8.2 per cent (4.5 million) of the English population in 2017, up from 7.7 per cent (3.9 million) a decade earlier.
And the scale of dementia is clear, with 87,199 deaths among people over 75 in 2017 being linked to the memory reminder disorder.
This compares with 40,253 dementia-related deaths among pensioners in 2007.
Dementia was more likely to be a contributory factor in deaths among women.
WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions that affect the brain.
There are many different types of dementia, and Alzheimer's disease is the most common.
Some people may have a combination of dementia.
Regardless of which type is diagnosed, everyone will get their dementia in their own unique way.
Dementia is a global concern but is often seen in richer countries, where people are likely to live in old age.
HOW ARE THE RELATED PEOPLE?
The Alzheimer's Society reports that there are more than 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today, and over 500,000 have Alzheimer's.
The number of people with dementia in the UK is expected to rise by 2025 to over 1 million.
In the US, it is estimated that 5.5 million people suffer Alzheimer's. It is expected that there will be a similar percentage increase in the coming years.
As the age of a person increases, so there is a risk that they will develop dementia.
Diagnosis rates are improving but many people with dementia are thought to be undiagnosed.
Currently there is no cure for dementia.
But new drugs can slow their progress and the sooner they are seen, the treatments are more effective.
Source: Dementia UK
The report, named 'Death among people aged 75 years and older in England' in 2017, showed that most of the deaths of dementia occur in care homes.
This contrasts with other diseases, which patients are likely to die in hospital.
Dementia may be recorded more frequently as a cause of death as it becomes clearer and more likely to be diagnosed.
Deaths with cancer and liver disease listed as a factor contributing to dementia have increased in the last 10 years, but people have suffered from stroke and heart disease.
In response to the figures, Helen Davies, head of public affairs at Alzheimer's Research UK, said: 'We know that dementia is the main cause of death in the UK, but the health crisis is our time.
# 39;[It causes] heartbreak for families across the country and putting pressure on the health system.
We saw our understanding of the diseases that cause dementia grow with increased research support t [the] Government in recent years.
But [the] The Government is not yet committed to the kind of support that we need to see to achieve new life changing treatments. # 39;
The charity is asking politicians to invest only one per cent of the cost of dementia towards research that will improve the lives of patients.
Dementia is said to cost £ 26 billion in the global economy each year.
The PHE report also showed that cancer deaths rose by 12.64 per cent from 65,798 in 2007 to 74,112 in 2017.
And deaths from liver disease increased by 68.65 per cent from 2,185 to 3,685.
However, deaths from chronic heart disease fell by 7.14 per cent from 42,329 to 39,307.
Stroke deaths also decreased by 26.93 per cent from 32,490 to 23,742.
Figures revealed earlier this week that more people in England have dementia than ever before.
There were 453,881 people over 65 years of age living with the illness that was destroying the brain in May, an increase of over 17,000 from the same time last year.
Improved dementia detection capabilities, usually caused by Alzheimer's, result in higher rates and longevity.
|Cause of death||2017: Number of fatalities||2017: Percentage of fatalities||2007: Number of fatalities||2007: Percentage of fatalities|
|Chronic heart disease||39,307||11.50%||42,329||13.50%|
|Lung disease (COPD) t||36,501||10.70%||26,392||8.40%|
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