Michigan Center to Accelerate Population Research in Alzheimer's (CAPRA) signatureNewswise — Getting diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another kind of dementia is never pleasant – but a new study shows that when and how someone’s cognitive issues come to light can also make a big difference in their health care costs.

The study, from a University of Michigan team, including CAPRA researchers Matthew Davis and Donovan Maust, uses long-term data from thousands of older adults who either got diagnosed formally, or started to show clear signs of memory and thinking problems on a screening questionnaire they took as part of a long-term study they’re in.

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Geoffrey J. Hoffman, Donovan T. Maust, Melissa Harris, Jinkyung Ha, Matthew A. Davis (2022) Medicare spending associated with a dementia diagnosis among older adults, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.17835