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Emergency room use was twice as high for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers as for similar aged non-caregiving women (2.6 visits per month/100 women contrasted with 5.5 visits per month/100 caregivers).

National Alliance for Caregiving. Caregiving Costs: Declining Health in the Alzheimer’s Caregiver as Dementia Increases in the Care Recipient; 2011. http://www.caregiving.org/pdf/research/Alzheimers_Caregiving_Costs_Study_FINAL.pdf

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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