Recommendations to reduce disparities in dementia care due in 2021

Final recommendations on ways to reduce disparities in dementia, which were developed during a stakeholder roundtable sponsored by the Milken Institute Alliance to Improve Dementia Care, will be released in the first quarter of 2021, Nora Super, executive director of the Alliance and senior director of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, said Tuesday.

Super and a panel of experts discussed the effects of social determinants on brain health, the role of health and long-term care systems in reducing dementia care disparities, and strategies to extend dementia-supportive networks into communities of color during the Milken Institute’s 2020 Future of Health Summit. Although the final recommendations are not ready, Super and the panelists discussed key lessons learned.

“What we’re really trying to do is look at these disparities, especially for African Americans and Hispanics, and what can change either through public policy or employer policies, but also in healthcare and long-term care systems,” Super said…

Image: A Milken Institute panel discusses reducing health and economic disparities in dementia care during the 2020 Future of Health Summit. Pictured, clockwise from upper left, are moderator Sarah Locke, Katie Brandt, Kai Walker, Terry Montgomery and Lenise Cummings-Vaughn.