Dementia Kills Nearly Three Times More People Than Previously Thought

Dementia may be an underlying cause of nearly three times more deaths in the US than official records show, according to a new School of Public Health study.

Published in the journal JAMA Neurology, the study estimates that 13.6 percent of deaths are attributable to dementia, 2.7 times more than the 5.0 percent of death certificates that indicate dementia as an underlying cause of death.