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Hospitals Prep for More Patients with Dementia
HealthLeaders Media

An aging population is already expected to strain U.S. healthcare resources, and recent studies suggest that dementia represents both a major health risk and a considerable cost driver. In addition, this long-term decline in cognition takes a significant toll on patients, their families, and the providers who care for them.

Some healthcare systems and hospitals are now coordinating care for these patients so they can stay at home and also avoid unnecessary hospitalizations. Patients with dementia are at risk for falls, pneumonia, medication noncompliance, anxiety, and other comorbid conditions that could lead to long hospital stays. Not addressing the needs of what’s been called a silver tsunami now could be a prescription for readmission rates that are difficult to drive down in the future.