About 250,00 of the people in the United States who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are under the age of 65.
Researchers at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) think tank, talk about that group of people in a report on “specific populations.”
The ASPE researchers prepared that report because the federal law that created the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease requires HHS to come up with plans for helping “specific populations disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”
One of those groups is people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, and another is member of racial and ethnic minority groups that suffer high rates of dementia.
It seems as if government programs and general health finance programs may be in the best position to help people in those groups.
But people affected by “early-onset dementia” are potentially part of the bread-and-butter private disability insurance and private long-term care insurance (LTCI) markets.
Some are still able-bodied and are hard at work. Some beloved LifeHealthPro.com readers scoffed a few weeks ago when HHS began advertising for nominees for a seat on the HHS Alzheimer’s panel that would be filled by someone who already has Alzheimer’s.