How a Population-Based Approach Can Improve Dementia Care

David B. Reuben
Reshma Gupta
Samuel A. Skootsy
Blog Post
May 2019

This resource provides an example of an approach to caring for different subpopulations of people with dementia. 

  • UCLA Health adopted a structure that identifies people living with dementia, then categorizes these individuals into five risk strata.
  • The top 1 percent have extraordinarily high costs with uncertain benefits on duration and quality of life. People in this stratum may benefit from comprehensive dementia care management programs. 
  • Challenges for this program included ensuring that the analytics team could provide the needed data to identify the subpopulations, and launching several new clinical programs simultaneously.
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Population Addressed
People with Advanced Illness
Frail Older Adults
People with Multiple Chronic Conditions
People with Behavioral Health and Social Needs
Key Questions Answered
  • What is a promising approach to caring for different subpopulations of people with dementia?
  • What is an existing example, and what were the challenges and learning lessons learned?
Level of Evidence
Expert Opinion
What does this mean?