RAND Dementia Blueprint

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Dementia affects a large and growing number of adults. As the condition worsens, costs of care—along with caregivers' emotional and physical stress—mount. Currently, there is no cure.

A 2013 RAND study quantified the rising costs of dementia, estimating that the majority of costs were attributable to long-term care, not medical care. The RAND Dementia Blueprint extends this work by examining gaps in the delivery, workforce, and financing of long-term care for persons with dementia and their caregivers to identify high-impact policy options and areas where additional research would be beneficial.