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Currently, the national combined sum of indirect and direct costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's is estimated to be around $100 billion.

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Because the median age of the industrialized world's population is gradually increasing, Alzheimer's is a major public health challenge. Much of the concern about the solvency of governmental social safety nets is founded on estimates of the costs of caring for baby boomers, assuming that they develop Alzheimer's disease in the same proportions as earlier generations. For this reason, money spent informing the public of available effective prevention methods may yield disproportionate benefits.[1]

A 2004 study revealed just how extensive the costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's may become in the near future. If the trends that are currently being witnessed continue at the same rate, the total Federal Medicare spending to treat patients will increase from $62 billion in 200 to $189 billion in 2015.


  1. Sloane PD, Zimmerman S, Suchindran C, Reed P, Wang L, Boustani M, Sudha S (2002). "The public health impact of Alzheimer's disease, 2000-2050: potential implication of treatment advances". Annual Review of Public Health. 23: 213–31. doi:10.1146/annurev.publhealth.23.100901.140525. PMID 11910061. Retrieved 2012-08-20.