How a population-based approach can improve dementia care

With the burgeoning numbers of older people and the strong linkage between aging and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, almost all health systems will provide care for individuals with these disorders. This needed care may range from providing information, referring to community-based organizations, and monitoring for those with early disease to delivering intensive care management for those with medical and psychosocial complications. Because of the diversity of needs and range of costs associated with different types of dementia care, a population-based approach that tailors interventions to the needs of subpopulations will best meet the triple aim of better quality, better outcomes, and lower costs for individuals with dementia. We provide an example of how a population-based approach can be implemented and identify strategies for caring for different subpopulations of people with dementia.

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