Neurological Disorders

  • Elderly woman with her caregiver at home

    Journal Article

    Informal Caregiving for Dementia in the U.S.

    Family members play a critical role in caring for older adults with and without dementia. In 2010, 5.5 million U.S. adults age 70 and older received informal care, including 3.6 million with cognitive impairment or dementia.

    Oct 20, 2015

  • Report

    A Review of the Dementia Research Landscape and Workforce Capacity in the United Kingdom

    This report, commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society, aims to inform funding and capacity-building efforts in UK dementia research by examining the current research and workforce landscape, and associated strengths and gaps.

    Sep 14, 2015

  • Report

    A Review of the Dementia Research Landscape and Workforce Capacity in the United Kingdom: Extended Summary

    This extended summary provides an overview of the findings of a report commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society. It aims to inform funding and capacity-building efforts in UK dementia research by examining the current research and workforce landscape.

    Sep 14, 2015

  • Periodical

    RAND Review: September-October 2015

    This issue of RAND Review reports on the staggering costs of dementia in the United States; the most critical global choices and challenges the next U.S. president will likely face; tips to protect the health of kids heading back to school; and more.

    Aug 21, 2015

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


    Struggling with Dementia

    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.

    Aug 10, 2015

  • Doctor looking at CAT scan


    Learning from Medical Breakthroughs to Improve Treatment for Dementia

    Medical breakthroughs have enabled the effective treatment of some conditions, like certain cancers and HIV, transforming them from fatal into manageable. Better understanding of the particular social, economic, political, legislative, and scientific contexts that have contributed to accelerating progress in treatments could inform dementia research.

    Aug 4, 2015

  • Journal Article

    Urological Surveillance and Medical Complications After Spinal Cord Injury in the United States

    Urological complications are common in SCI who receive Medicare. Most of these patients with SCI are not receiving even the minimum recommended surveillance for these urological complications.

    Jul 15, 2015

  • Autistic boy building with blocks

    Journal Article

    Differences in Home- and Community-Based Services Waivers for Children with Autism

    Though increasingly common, Medicaid waivers that enable home- and community-based services for children with autism spectrum disorders vary widely in terms of the specific disorders they target and the services they cover, and little is known about the characteristics of programs that improve access to care and clinical outcomes.

    Jun 23, 2015

  • Elderly Hispanic Man

    Journal Article

    Neighbourhood Racial/Ethnic Composition and Segregation and Trajectories of Cognitive Decline Among U.S. Older Adults

    This study demonstrates disparities in the progression of cognitive ageing according to racial/ethnic characteristics of the neighbourhood environment.

    Jun 3, 2015

  • Journal Article

    Dementia Care Management in an Underserved Community: The Comparative Effectiveness of Two Different Approaches

    Compares the effectiveness and costs of telephone-only approach to in-person plus telephone for delivering an evidence-based, coordinated care management program for dementia.

    Feb 19, 2015

  • Patricia Boyle presenting at the 2014 RAND Summer Institute


    Cognitive Aging, Neuropathology, and Resilience

    Session from the 21st Annual RAND Summer Institute, held July 7-11, 2014, in Santa Monica, CA, addressing critical issues facing our aging population.

    Sep 8, 2014

  • An elderly man getting served a meal by his daughter


    Meeting the Caregivers Challenge

    Ill or injured military personnel and veterans and people with dementia are unique populations, but they give us a preview of the enormous long-term care challenges Americans will face in the decades to come.

    Aug 25, 2014

  • Boy being vaccinated

    Research Brief

    California's Vaccine Bill Is Now Law

    California now has one of the strictest vaccination laws in the country. Signing the bill, Governor Jerry Brown said that “the science is clear.” RAND research shows that vaccines administered to children are extremely safe.

    Aug 8, 2014

  • U.S. Capitol building with summer flowers


    Summer Reading for Congress

    No matter how policymakers spend their break—meeting with home-state constituents, traveling abroad with congressional delegations, or spending time with family—this summer reading list contains policy ideas that can help them hit the ground running when they return.

    Jul 31, 2014

  • A son, father, and grandfather fishing from a dock


    Demographics Add Urgency for Action on Dementia Long-Term Care

    Dementia takes a huge toll on those afflicted with it but also has major consequences for those who must care for them. More than 15 million Americans provide care for loved ones with dementia—tending to their daily, routine needs and ensuring their medical needs are met.

    Jul 28, 2014

  • Man in wheelchair with caregiver, sitting by a lake


    Parallel Caregiver Crises, Military and Civilian

    Among American caregivers, there are two expanding populations: those caring for military servicemembers struggling with physical or emotional wounds of war and those looking after people with dementia. Both face incalculable financial stresses and threats to their own health as a result of their caregiving roles.

    Jul 9, 2014

  • Doctor vaccinating little girl

    Journal Article

    Child Vaccines Have Low Risk of Harmful Side Effects

    Concerns about vaccine safety have led some parents to decline recommended vaccination of their children, leading to the resurgence of diseases. Harmful side effects are extremely rare and must be weighed against the protective benefits that vaccines provide.

    Jul 2, 2014

  • News Release

    Improving Dementia Long-Term Care: RAND Offers Policy Blueprint to Assist Millions

    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 numbers of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers.

    Jun 23, 2014

  • old hands on walking stick


    Dementia Blueprint

    Annual costs of dementia exceed those of cancer and heart disease and will only continue to rise as the nation's population ages. Key policy options can help strengthen and improve long-term services and supports for those with dementia and their caregivers.

    Jun 23, 2014

  • losing brain function, tree with leaves falling

    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.

    Jun 23, 2014

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