Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias (ADRD)

In 2013, 23% of dually eligible beneficiaries aged 65 and older had ADRD.[1] The care of individuals with ADRD presents unique challenges for health plans and providers. The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias increases with age and the prevalence of dementia is the highest among those 85 and older.[2] Common causes of dementia include vascular disease and Lewy body dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common cause for late-life progressive cognitive decline. Primary care providers can, in most cases, accurately assess cognitive changes.

The following resources are intended to help plans and providers, especially primary care providers, understand, assess, and communicate about dementia.

Understanding Dementia in Older Adults

Explore these resources to better understand dementia in older adults.

Implementing Dementia Care Promising Practices

Use these resources to understand promising practices for caring for individuals with dementia.

[1] Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. (2018). Data Book. Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Retrieved from: Note: This figure was identified using fee-for-service claims data.
[2] Alzheimer’s Association. (2017). Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimers Dement,13:325-373