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Who Is Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease?

July 29, 2010

Alzheimer’s is not only a social burden, but an economic one as well. The financial cost of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming. It is estimated that in 2010, Alzheimer’s will cost more than $172 billion in health care, long-term care, and hospice services. More than 10.9 million people are providing unpaid care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. When indirect costs are taken into account (such as lost wages and decreased productivity of people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers), the annual cost rises astronomically – high enough to potentially bankrupt the nation’s entire health care system.

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