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July 2017

Dementia Care, Women's Health, and Gender Equity: The Value of Well-Timed Caregiver Support

Author Affiliations
  • 1Clinical Excellence Research Center Stanford University, School of Medicine Stanford, California
JAMA Neurol. 2017;74(7):757-758. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.0403

Although encouraging evidence shows a decline in dementia prevalence,1 the percentage of the US population aged 65 years and older is predicted to rise to 20% by 2030 (from 13% in 2010). Age is the greatest risk factor for dementia,2 and the number of cases of dementia will continue to rise as a function of an aging population (approximately 8.4 million by 2030). The mainstay of treatment is functional support, and 83% of caregiving comes from unpaid sources: family. The average person with dementia requires 171 hours of care per month, which is more than 100 hours more care per month than those without dementia (mean of 66 hours per month).2

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