Tuesday, March 15, 2011

U.S. report reveals huge Alzheimer's burden

The 2011 annual report of the U.S. Alzheimer's Association has revealed the huge burden of the condition. It is estimated that 5.4 million people in the U.S. suffer from Alzheimer's - about one in eight senior citizens. Nearly 15 million people in the U.S. look after someone with Alzheimer's disease amounting to 17 billion hours of unpaid care worth more than $202bn. More than 60% of caregivers said they were stressed and more than a third said they were depressed. The $202bn in unpaid care comes on top of around $183bn of formal care from healthcare workers, hospitals and nursing homes, up $11bn on a year ago.

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