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Improving Palliative Care for…
Those With Dementia

Did you know that dementia is the leading cause of death in England? Neither did 90% of those polled for their opinion and knowledge in a recent survey. Other findings from over 2000 people:

  • Understood that dementia is a terminal condition: 42%
  • Understood that palliative care can benefit those with dementia: 51%


Yes, palliative care can improve the lives of people with dementia, as it is patient centered and realizes the need for physical, spiritual, and psychosocial care. In addition to helping patients and their families, palliative care would benefit the healthcare system. It was noted that those having palliative care…

  • Had better managed pain and agitation, which are common at end of life
  • Had fewer unplanned hospital admissions towards end of life
  • Visited the ED less often
  • Made informed decisions, with the help of their family, about healthcare


By 2040, the projected number of people dying with dementia in England and Wales is expected to double. By ensuring that people know what palliative care offers, patients, families, and the healthcare system can benefits.