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    Dementia costs surpass those of all other diseases

    It is well known and documented that dementia has significant adverse effects on those who suffer from the disease. But it also can have negative physical and emotional consequences on family members, friends and even professional caregivers who witness patients' gradual cognitive decline. As if all this is not burdensome enough, the costs linked to dementia treatment appear to be some of the highest in healthcare overall.

    "Health care costs for dementia found greater than for any other disease," a report published in the November 2015 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, summarizes a recent research analysis funded primarily by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The study determined that during the last five years of dementia patients' lives, total healthcare spending was more than a quarter-million dollars per person. This is approximately 57% more than costs associated with death from other diseases. The new analysis estimates that total healthcare spending was $287,000 for those with probable dementia and $183,000 for other Medicare beneficiaries in the study.

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    Christopher Cussat
    Christopher Cussat is a medical writer based in Pittsburgh.

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