Study: Kentucky has 2nd highest dementia-linked death rate in U.S.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The 24-7 Wall, an online financial news and opinion based company in Delaware has released a study that says Kentucky has the second highest dementia-linked death rate in the country.

Kentucky’s specific numbers say there were over 4.400 dementia deaths. Forty percent of those deaths were linked to Alzheimer’s, according to the study.

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Kentucky’s dementia-linked death rate is 87 per 100,000 people.

The study says people living with dementia worldwide is projected to triple over the next 30 years.

Findings from the study:

10 States with the Highest Dementia-Linked Death Rates

  1. Tennessee
  2. Kentucky
  3. South Carolina
  4. Maine
  5. Alabama
  6. Oregon
  7. North Carolina
  8. Georgia
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Minnesota

– In 2017, 66.7 people per 100,000 people died from dementia-related causes in the United States, up from 30.5 dementia deaths per 100,000 people in 2000.

-The death rates from dementia-related causes were fairly steady between 2013 and 2016 but increased noticeably from 2016 to 2017 in all age groups at highest risk — 65 to 74, 75 to 84, and 85 and older — as well as all races. Some of the increase can be attributed to changes in the cause of death coding rules, which added more causes under dementia-related) deaths.

Dementia-related death rates vary across states. Several states with highest dementia-related death rates are in the South, while several states with the lowest dementia-related death rates are in the West. And dementia-related death rates are higher in non-metropolitan than in metropolitan areas, at 69.6 dementia-related deaths per 100,000 people versus 66.2 per 100,000, respectively.

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