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One in 20 has cognitive disorder.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported that 5% of Americans aged 65 or older in 2007 had one or more cognitive disorders. The percentage reporting senility, dementia, or another cognitive deficit rose with age: 1% of those aged 65-74, 6% of those 75-84, and 18% of those 85 or older. The conditions were more prevalent in seniors who had less than a high school education, who had lower incomes, or who received health benefits through both Medicare and Medicaid. The average annual health expense in 2007 for a senior with a cognitive disorder was $15,549, compared with $9,019 for one without such a diagnosis, according to the report. The data came from the agency's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.
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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Author:Ault, Alicia
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Date:Mar 1, 2011
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