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  • US dementia mortality rate more than doubles in two decades

    US dementia mortality rate more than doubles in two decades

    Mon 18 Mar 2019

    22.03.19 Mortality rates from dementia have more than doubled over the past two decades in the United States, a research team from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said. Researchers calculated that, overall, age-adjusted death rates for dementia increased from 30.5 deaths per 100,000 population in the year 2000 to 66.7 in 2017. Just 84,000 deaths in the US were attributed to dementia in 2000, compared with 262,000 in 2017 – 46% of the latter were due to Alzheimer’s disease. "Part of what is likely happening is people are living to older ages, and those are the ages where your risk of dementia is the highest," lead researcher Ellen Kramarow told the journal Medical Xpress. “If you haven’t died of heart disease or cancer or something else and you get to the very oldest ages, your risk for getting dementia is higher.” But, as in the UK, a portion of the increase could be a change in the way that deaths are recorded.

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