Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Alzheimer's Disease Takes a Financial, Emotional Toll

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Alzheimer's Disease Takes a Financial, Emotional Toll

Article excerpt

A new report outlines the high costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's disease, which affects an estimated 110,000 Missourians.

The 2016 Facts and Figures report to be released Wednesday by the Alzheimer's Association shows that 5.4 million Americans have the disease, and close to 16 million others act as caregivers.

Those numbers are expected to rise as the population ages.

In Illinois, an estimated 220,000 residents have Alzheimer's disease, which causes progressive memory loss and intellectual deficits.

The total cost of caring for people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia in the U.S. is estimated at $236 billion, including $160 billion in government Medicare and Medicaid spending, making the disease the nation's costliest. The total does not include the more than 18 billion hours of unpaid care given by family members and friends each year. …

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