Deaths from dementia or Alzheimer’s and respiratory disease were key factors behind large annual rise in deathsApril 8, 2016 // No Comments
Research recently published by the Office for National Statistics showed that deaths from dementia or Alzheimer’s and respiratory disease, including flu and pneumonia, were key factors behind the largest annual rise in deaths since the 1960s. Provisional analysis of death registrations in England and Wales show a 5.6% increase in deaths in 2015; the biggest year-on-year percentage increase seen since 1967-68, when deaths were up by 6.3% on the previous year.
People aged 75 and over made up 86% of the increase in deaths between 2014 and 2015. The largest increase was seen for those aged 90 and over, whose age specific mortality rate increased by 9.3%. There were almost 11,000 more deaths in older people aged 90 and over in 2015 than in the previous year – 38% of the total increase in 2015. The strain of flu circulating in early 2015 was more virulent in older people, who are also more likely to have a pre-existing medical condition, thereby usually resulting in more deaths.