Health Policy and Dementia

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Purpose of Review: The anticipated number of persons with dementia continues to grow, and the US has insufficiently planned to provide and pay for care for this large population. Recent Findings: A number of significant clinical trials aiming to prevent or cure dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, have not demonstrated success. Because of the lack of efficacious treatments, and the fact that brain changes associated with dementia may begin decades before symptoms, we can predict that efforts to cure or prevent dementia will not succeed in time for millions of people in the baby boomer generation. Summary: Because of the anticipated increase in people suffering with dementia in the coming years, US health policy must address major gaps in how to provide and pay for dementia care. Reliance on Medicaid and Medicare as currently structured will not sustain the necessary care, nor can families alone provide all necessary dementia care. Innovative forms of providing long-term care and paying for it are crucially needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Dementia
  • Health policy
  • Long-term care
  • Long-term care insurance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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