Study shows costs associated with dementia are more than those for heart disease and cancer

April 4th, 2013 No Comments

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A new study shows that costs associated with dementia are more than those for heart disease and cancer, the number 1 and 2 killers in the U.S., respectively.

A comparison in 2010 dollars:

  • Dementia $109 billion
  • Heart Disease $102 billion
  • Cancer $77 billion

These costs include not only medication, but the more costly elder care that those with dementia need. A patient with dementia can live many years after being diagnosed. About 75% of people over 80 who have Alzheimer’s will eventually be in a nursing home or need full-time in-home care. Compare this with only 4% of the general population needing nursing home care. The study took lost wages by family caregivers into account, as well. Read more on ABC News’s site: http://abcn.ws/14QSk7F.

 


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