Dementia killed more women than Covid in 2020 – new research reveals
In 2020, 46,000 women died from dementia compared to 41,000 women who died in the same year from Covid-19, researchers reveal.
According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, dementia became the leading cause of death for women in the UK in 2011 and has remained at this position, including in 2020 at the height of the pandemic where fewer women died of Covid-19.
The charity’s analysis, The Impact of Dementia on Women, is calling for action as part of the government’s new Women’s Health Strategy and its Dementia Strategy. It’s now urging the government to deliver on its Dementia Moonshot promise to double research funding and convene a Dementia Medicines Taskforce to speed up progress in finding new treatments for this devastating condition.
‘This report shows that its impact is hitting women particularly hard’
Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “It’s shocking to see despite dementia becoming the leading cause of death for UK women more than a decade ago, this situation remains unchanged today. Dementia is devastating for every person it affects, but this report shows that its impact is hitting women particularly hard.
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