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[Editorial] The unacceptable reality of care for people living with dementia

For the first time, dementia has overtaken ischaemic heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics. Almost 62 000—11·6% of all deaths—were due to dementia in 2015, and the mortality rate has more than doubled since 2010. The causes for this change include an ageing population, improved recognition, diagnosis, and reporting, but also treatment and prevention successes for other diseases. These figures also mean that an increasing number of people will live with dementia.

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