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Simulation shows the high cost of dementia, especially for families

from Brown University via ScienceDaily

A new simulation of how the costs and the course of the dementia epidemic affect U.S. families finds that neurodegenerative conditions can more than double the healthcare expenditures of aging and that the vast majority of that financial burden remains with families rather than government insurance programs. The total average cost to care for a person with dementia was more than $321,000 over about five years, compared to an average cost of $137,280 to care for the same person without dementia, the simulation showed. more

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