Dementia and Alzheimer disease has replaced ischaemic heart diseases as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, accounting for 11.6% of all deaths registered in 2015. Over half of those with dementia have Alzheimer's disease and up to a third vascular dementia.

The number of elderly with dementia is increasing as people live longer. It is expected to increase in Kent from under 20,000 in 2012 to just under 25,000 in 2020.

See also our pages on carers and older people.

Our resources

Our resources

Data and reports

Information on prevalence and hospital admissions for those over 65 is available in the 'ageing well' section of our Health and Social Care Maps.

Library services

The Public Health and Social Care Library can provide access to library and knowledge services, including books and journal articles relating to dementia. We can also produce bespoke literature searches.


If you can't find what you were looking for,   we complete over 200 ad-hoc requests for analysis each year. Request further analysis or a literature search or contact us.

External resources

External resources

A number of organisations produce dementia statistics both at national and local level.