Silver Book Fact

As the prevalence and impact of Alzheimer’s disease grows, so does the cost to the nation. The direct and indirect cost of Alzheimer’s and other dementias amount to more than $148 billion annually, which is more than the annual sales of any retailer in the world excluding Wal-Mart.

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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