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Building efficient, effective, locally sensitive solutions for dementia care
Date:10/11/2007

proximately a quarter receive medications which are inappropriate.

Nationwide, the health-care system is not delivering good dementia care because we have not presented a comprehensive assessment of the biopsychosocial needs of a person with dementia and have not followed up with solutions that are sensitive to local community needs and resources, said Dr. Boustani, who is a geriatrician. Eight out of 10 individuals with dementia living in the community have significant behavioral and/or psychological symptoms that require medical and psychological care.

He also notes that caregivers have been largely ignored in spite of the fact that they provide millions of unpaid care hours per year (180 million hours valued at $1.7 trillion in Indiana in 2005) and are hospitalized at a very high rate (24 percent over a six-month period in Indiana).

With Rapid-PC, IDND is taking a major step toward its goal of building efficient, effective, locally sensitive solutions for dementia care.


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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University
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