Studies of the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia in the U.S. estimate that 14% of those over age 70 are affected, and that prevalence increases with age, exceeding one-quarter of persons over age 80. The implications of population aging for increases in older persons with dementia and the impact on families, which will be the mainstays in caregiving, have been recognized worldwide in a 2012 World Health Organization report on Dementia as a Public Health Priority, and in the U.S. by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act of 2012.
This report uses the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS), to describe late life disability and care needs of older adults with dementia. Using a dementia classification developed previously, we examine patterns for older adults with probable, possible and no dementia in the extent of activity limitations, receipt of assistance, and caregiving resources. [37 PDF pages]