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1/4 of caregivers helping someone age 50 or older, report that the person they are caring for is suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other mental confusion.

National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. Caregiving in the U.S.; April 2004. http://www.caregiving.org/data/04finalreport.pdf

Reference

Title
Caregiving in the U.S.
Publication Date
April 2004
Authors
National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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