Dementia was the leading cause of death in the Netherlands last year with over 15 thousand cases, according to preliminary figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday. The number of dementia related deaths is expected to only increase with the aging population.
Compared to 2015, the number of dementia related deaths increased by 7 percent. The increase was strongest among men with 11 percent. Dementia is the second most common cause of death among men, with lung cancer taking first place. Last year 5 thousand men died due to dementia in the country.