The Philadelphia Inquirer covered the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Health of America Report on growing rates of early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in the article, “Diagnoses of early-onset dementia are growing, insurer reports.” Pennsylvania and New Jersey were among the states with the highest rates, and Independence Blue Cross (Independence) reported the rate of early-onset dementia in its coverage area had significant increases in several age groups from 2014 to 2017, including more than 80% in members ages 30-44.
The article also quoted Independence’s chief medical officer and executive vice president of Facilitated Health Networks Dr. Richard Snyder’s words of concern from the report’s accompanying release.
“While the underlying cause is not clear, advances in technology are certainly allowing for earlier and more definitive diagnosis,” he said. “Regardless, those who develop dementia or Alzheimer’s at an early age will likely require care-giving, either from family members or health-care providers. The time, cost, and impact on families can be significant and can require additional support as these diseases progress.”