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Alzheimer's care 'three times the cost of treating other elderly people'

Alzheimer's care 'three times the cost of treating other elderly people'
25th March 2009

The cost of caring for sufferers of Alzheimer's disease is triple the price put on treating other elderly people, according to a new report from the US.

It was established through recent research by the Alzheimer's Association which found those who have the disease are much more likely to be put in care, with the mind-destroying condition's price tag not covering the billions of hours which have been spent by family members giving unpaid care.

The charity established that the average annual medical cost of a patient suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia costs around $33,000 (£22,500), with a regular elderly person racking up just $10,603.

Furthermore, it is likely that it now costs more, with the newest data being based on the most recent medical bill costs to hand - found way back in 2004.

The Alzheimer's Association also noted that while deaths from stroke, heart disease, breast and prostate cancer fell, the number attributed to Alzheimer's continued to grow.

Established in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association fights for the rights of families affected by the disease as well as their carers, using money to fund research in tandem with major universities in North America.

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