Dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease, has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, latest figures reveal. Last year, more than 61,000 people died of dementia - 11.6% of all recorded deaths. The Office for National Statistics says the change is largely due to an ageing population. People are living for longer and deaths from other things, including heart disease, have gone down. Also, doctors have got better at diagnosing dementia and the condition is now given more weight on death certificates.
Dementia, as defined by the Alzheimer's Association, is a general term for a decline in mental ability that's severe enough to interfere with daily life. While there are many different kinds of dementia, Alzheimer's is the most common. People with dementia struggle with short-term memory, and as the disease progresses, they have trouble with long-term memory and routine chores such as keeping track of belongings, paying bills, preparing meals, remembering appointments -- and over time, even recognizing loved ones.
A series of impossible puzzles has been created to demonstrate the frustration and confusion many people with dementia suffer every day. The brain-destroying condition causes nerve connections to break down and vital mental faculties, like understanding language or storing memories, to stop working. Experts say suffering from the condition, which affects around 850,000 people in the UK and 50million worldwide, is like being'tested to destruction'. The puzzles all appear to be simple at first glance but there is a twist when you come to answer them. The quiz has been created by experts at Babylon Health, the company which runs the NHS's online doctors' appointment app, GP at Hand.
Dementia has cemented its position as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. But part of the rise in dementia deaths can be explained by changes in how deaths are recorded. In fact, more people currently die from cancers than they do from dementia. The number of deaths due to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia have been increasing for several years, accounting for nearly 13 per cent of all deaths registered in 2018. But part of the explanation for this apparent increase is two coding changes by the ONS in 2011 and 2014, to follow guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO).
A new study may have concluded that dreaming may help fight dementia. According to a report published in the journal Neurology Thursday, there may be a correlation between quality of sleep and the risk of the disease. The study explored rapid eye movement sleep (REM), or when dreams occur. The study examined the REM stage of sleep and whether REM and dementia development are linked. The sleep cycle consists of two major stages: REM and non-REM.