Improving Dementia Long-Term Care: A Policy Blueprint (RAND Corporation’s report):
“In 2010, 15 percent of Americans older than age 70 had dementia, and the number of new dementia cases among those 65 and older is expected to double by the year 2050. As the baby boomer generation ages, many older adults will require dementia-related long-term services and supports (LTSS)…
RAND identified 25 high-impact policy options covering five broad objectives to improve dementia long-term services and supports (LTSS) delivery system, workforce, and financing…
Objective 1: Increase public awareness of dementia to reduce stigma and promote earlier detection of signs and symptoms.
- Create specialized and targeted outreach and education programs for the public, caregivers, professional services organizations, and persons with younger-onset dementia.
- Encourage providers’ use of cognitive assessment tools for early dementia detection and recognition.”