Cost of anemia in the elderly

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Mar;51(3 Suppl):S14-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1532-5415.51.3s.5.x.


As the aging population and the incidence of age-related health conditions increase, the cost of healthcare is also expected to rise. Anemia commonly occurs in the elderly, and is associated with a number of health conditions such as falls, weakness, and immobility. It can also lead to more-serious complications such as cardiovascular and neurological impairments. Consequently, anemia can have a significant effect on healthcare requirements and healthcare expenditure. Research is needed into the opportunity to reduce costs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls
  • Aged
  • Alzheimer Disease / economics
  • Alzheimer Disease / epidemiology
  • Anemia / economics*
  • Anemia / epidemiology
  • Anemia / therapy
  • Comorbidity
  • Fractures, Bone / economics
  • Fractures, Bone / epidemiology
  • Health Care Costs / statistics & numerical data*
  • Heart Failure / economics
  • Heart Failure / epidemiology
  • Humans