Deaths from dementia and Alzheimers at home up 79 per cent in pandemic

Deaths from dementia and Alzheimers at home up 79 per cent in pandemic

Deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in private homes in England have risen 79% during the coronavirus pandemic, new figures show.

There were 2,095 excess deaths from these conditions registered between March 14 and September 11, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

This is a rise of 79% compared with the average recorded for the same period over the past five years.

In Wales, there was a 94% rise, with 133 excess deaths involving dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

There were 24,387 excess deaths in private homes in England and 1,644 in Wales compared with the five-year average between March 14 and September 11.

The figures show that the leading cause of death in private homes during Covid-19 was ischaemic heart disease.

In England, males accounted for 53.8% of the excess deaths in private homes, with men and women aged between 70 and 89 accounting for the majority.

The leading cause of death for men was heart disease, accounting for 19% of all male deaths in private homes.

Deaths of men at home from heart disease rose 26% in England compared with the five-year-average (1,705 additional deaths), with fewer dying in hospital.

Deaths from prostate cancer saw the biggest percentage change from the five-year average – a 53% increase (801 additional deaths)

And deaths from bowel cancer rose 46%.

In Wales, deaths in private homes for males from heart disease were up 23% on the five-year average, prostate cancer deaths have increased 75%, and bowel cancer deaths were up 52%.

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