Report Wyoming says that it has a low death rate from dementia

The National Center for Health Statistics reported more than 250,000 deaths from dementia in 2017. This includes deaths from Alzheimer's Disease, unspecified dementia, and other degenerative neurological diseases.

Many of the states had the lowest rates in the West, said Ellen Kramarow, one of the authors.

"In 2017, 349 deaths were placed in dementia in Wyoming," she said.

Kramarow said they do not know why there are fewer deaths from dementia in western states.

The report also noted that women had more deaths than men, with a higher mortality rate for non-Hispanic Caucasian and other groups.

Kramarow said that since 2000, the death rate from dementia has more than doubled, but that people may be living longer.

“So as people live longer and not die for other reasons, they are more likely to survive into old age when it is the highest risk of dementia,” she said.

According to Wyoming Health Department, by 2030 over a fifth of the population of the state will be 65 or older. Dementia focused deaths are mainly for people aged 65 and over. The age group with the highest mortality for dementia is 85 plus.

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