The World Health Organization and Alzheimer’s Disease International have recommended that dementia be considered a public health priority for all nations. The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease in Maine is expected to nearly double from about 26,000 persons in 2010 to nearly 50,000 by 2030. As the oldest state in the nation, Maine faces the impending impact of this disease on its social systems, community resources and its health and long term care systems. In particular, service and use patterns highlighted in this report indicate that Maine’s long term care system is increasingly becoming a system of care for people with dementia.
This report provides a baseline picture of the current use of services by people with and without dementia in Maine. While this provides a comprehensive view of those accessing services through state funded home care programs or other MaineCare funded long term care services, it does not include the costs of informal care by caregivers, friends and family members. Nor does it include the out-of-pocket costs that many incur with private resources to care for a family member. We hope, however, that this information will be useful to those who are planning for the future of Maine’s long term care system and the needs of people with dementia and their families and caregivers.
Suggested Citation: Fralich J, Bratesman S, Olsen L, et al. Dementia in Maine: Characteristics, Care, and Cost Across Settings. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service; December, 2013.
This report was prepared under a Cooperative Agreement between the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Aging and Disability Services. This work was funded under Cooperative Agreement number CA-ES-13-251.