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Approximately 5 Percent of Seniors Report One or More Cognitive Disorders

AHRQ News and Numbers, January 26

AHRQ News and Numbers provides statistical highlights on the use and cost of health services and health insurance in the United States.

Slightly over 5 percent of the nearly 39 million Americans age 65 and older in 2007 reported one or more cognitive disorders, such as senility or dementia, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Seniors age 85 and older were the most likely to have reported one or more cognitive disorders (18.4 percent), compared to seniors ages 75 to 84 (6 percent) and seniors ages 65 to 74 (1.1 percent).

AHRQ found that for elderly Americans age 65 and older in 2007:

  • Seniors with less than a high school education were more likely to have reported one or more cognitive disorders than seniors that were high school graduates (8.6 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively) or seniors with more than a high school education (2.7 percent).
  • Nearly 8 percent of poor seniors reported one or more cognitive disorders compared to 4.1 percent of middle and high income seniors reporting such a condition.
  • Nearly 11 percent of seniors who had both Medicare and another type of supplemental public insurance reported one or more cognitive disorders, compared to 5 percent of seniors with Medicare only and 4.1 percent of seniors with Medicare and supplemental private insurance.
  • Average annual health care expense for seniors reporting one or more cognitive disorders totaled $15,549 a year, compared to $9,019 for seniors not reporting any cognitive disorders.

AHRQ, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, improves the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. The data in this AHRQ News and Numbers summary are taken from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), a detailed source of information on the health services used by Americans, the frequency with which they are used, the cost of those services, and how they are paid. For more information, go to: Person Characteristics of the Elderly Reporting One or More Cognitive Disorders, 2007.

For other information, or to speak with an AHRQ data expert, please contact Bob Isquith at Bob.Isquith@ahrq.hhs.gov or call (301) 427-1539.

Current as of January 2011
Internet Citation: Approximately 5 Percent of Seniors Report One or More Cognitive Disorders: AHRQ News and Numbers, January 26. January 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/news-and-numbers/012611.html

 

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