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.

What's New

  • Woman walking with and guiding her elderly grandmother


    Improving Dementia Long-Term Care: A Policy Blueprint

    Jun 23, 2014

    As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring number of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers.

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    Research Brief

    What Can Be Done About Dementia?

    Policy options to improve dementia long-term care include those that increase public awareness and promote earlier detection, improve access to and quality of services, increase support to family caregivers, and reduce the cost burden.

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From the RAND Blog

  • Michael Reyes with his mother, Eleanor, who suffers from dementia

    Struggling with Dementia

    Aug 10, 2015

    The costs of dementia are staggering. A recent RAND analysis quantifies the scope of the problem in the United States and serves as a wake-up call to policymakers everywhere.

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