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Over the course of an 18-month study, Alzheimer’s disease caregivers showed a 25% increase in the utilization of all types of health care services.

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
  • Economic Burden

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  • After the age of 65, the rate of people who develops Alzheimers doubles every 5 years.  
  • Hospice admissions for Americans with dementia increased from 6.8% of all admissions in 2001 to 9.8% in 2005.  
  • By mid-century, someone in America will develop Alzheimer’s disease every 33 seconds.