The brief’s key findings are:
- Dementia severely erodes people’s capacity to manage their finances.
- But this analysis finds that most with dementia get help – typically from spouses and children – with everyday activities such as writing checks and making deposits.
- Those who receive help are much less likely to experience severe financial hardship, such as a lack of funds for food or rent.
- While encouraging, more than 10 percent of those with dementia lack help, and this share could grow because aging boomers have fewer children.