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Alzheimer and Dementia Deaths Fell Last Year

New statistics released by the National Records of Scotland have shown that the number of death caused by Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia fell las year.

In 2021, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia caused a total of 6,064 deaths, a 5% decrease on the numbers recorded in 2020.  

Julie Ramsay, Vital Events Statistician, said: “The rate of mortality caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias was 117 deaths per 100,000 people in 2021.  This makes these conditions one of the highest causes of death in Scotland, with a mortality rate similar to ischaemic (coronary) heart disease (126 deaths per 100,000 in 2020).

While this year’s mortality rate is a statistically significant decrease from 125 deaths per 100,000 in 2020, the current rate of death is more than twice as high as it was in 2000 (56 deaths per 100,000).”

When Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are listed on a death certificate it is not necessarily the underlying cause, in 2021 there were 10,626 with a mortality rate of 204 per 100,000 people which is an increase of 53% since 2000. In 2021 the deaths per 100,000 was 241 which may have been caused by COVID-19 during that year.

Deaths of people effected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s where 1.3 times more likely to occur in some of the most deprived areas in Scotland compared to the least deprived.

You can read more about the research by visiting https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/deaths/dementia-and-alzheimers-deaths

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