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Dementia at the end of life: why every nursing student needs to learn about it

An Admiral Nurse explains how she uses hospice placements to deepen nursing students’ understanding
A nurse sits talking to a nursing home resident as he undertakes a craft activity

An Admiral Nurse explains how she uses hospice placements to deepen nursing students’ understanding

Dementia is one of the biggest health issues of our time, with an increasing number of people receiving a diagnosis.

Latest data from the Office for National Statistics show dementia is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales; in 2018, it accounted for 12.8% of all deaths.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK , with numbers expected to rise to more than one million by 2025, and to two million by 2051.

Dementia is an essential learning area for nursing students

Many nursing students will care for someone with dementia during their training –


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