The report states that since 2010 mortality rates for dementia have increased in contrast to the other top 4 causes of death in 2015 (ishchaemic heart diseases, cerebrovascular disease, chronic lower respiratory diseases and lung cancer) which have all seen falling mortality rates in the last 15 years.
Before I read any further the first things that came to mind were that diagnosis of dementia is more accurate nowadays, people are living longer, the other conditions have improved treatments available and also that dementia is now recorded more on death certificates whereas when my mum died it was not mentioned. There's a short interview I did with a reporter from the BBC here.
Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Research UK, said:
You may have noticed that Hilary mentions ARUK's Christmas awareness campaign which launches tomorrow. This is a major step forward for the charity and I'll be sharing the details on here as soon as I'm allowed................