Profile by COVID-19 status
Women who died with dementia were older than men, regardless of whether or not they died due to COVID-19
Figure 12 shows the age and sex distribution of people who died with dementia recorded on their death certificate during the first 10 months of 2020, by whether or not COVID-19 was the underlying cause of death. Just over half (54%) of people who died due to COVID-19 and with dementia were women. This was a slightly lower than seen among people who died due to causes other than COVID-19 and with dementia (61% were women). Age patterns by sex were very similar, irrespective of whether they died due to COVID-19 or another cause.
In both groups, women with dementia were generally older than men with dementia, which is consistent with dementia mortality trends before the pandemic period – women are more likely to die with dementia than men, and women with dementia die at older ages than men with dementia (AIHW 2020a; Buckley et al. 2019).
Figure 12: Sex and age breakdowns of people who died with dementia during the first 10 months of 2020, for deaths due to COVID-19 and deaths due to other causes.
This figure shows the age and sex breakdowns of people who died with dementia in the first 10 months of 2020, by whether or not they died due to COVID-19. COVID-19 deaths involved a relatively smaller proportion of women than the remainder of dementia deaths. Age patterns were similar regardless of whether people with dementia died due to COVID-19 or other conditions.