Five-Year Cost of Dementia: Medicare

Research Brief

Five-Year Cost of Dementia: Medicare

Differences by survival, service use

About 5.5 million older adults are living with dementia, a chronic, progressive disease characterized by severe cognitive decline. This number will likely grow significantly as the U.S. population ages, which has cost implications for the Medicare program. A full accounting of these additional expenses will help policymakers plan for them in their Medicare budgets. In this study, Norma Coe and colleagues examined survival and Medicare expenditures in older adults with and without dementia to estimate dementia’s incremental costs to Medicare in the five years after diagnosis. 

Click on the image below for findings published in Health Services Research: