Half of older adults now die with a dementia diagnosis, up sharply: More awareness and more detailed health records may explain rise; end-of-life care shifting as diagnoses allow for more advance planning

Nearly half of all older adults now die with a diagnosis of dementia listed on their medical record, up 36% from two decades ago, a new study shows. But that sharp rise may have more to do with better public awareness, more detailed medical records and Medicare billing practices than an actual rise in the condition, the researchers say.

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