Costs for End of Life Dementia care are vastly disproportionate to all other conditions

The study findings were published online Oct. 26 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

According to the article from CBS News: 

"Health care and caregiving costs for dementia patients in the final five years of life are far more burdensome than they are for patients with cancer, heart disease and other illnesses, a new study suggests.

The study found that total "social costs" -- such as government spending, private insurance and out-of-pocket expenditures for dementia patients -- were 57 percent greater than costs associated with death from other conditions.

"The magnitude of the difference was shocking to me, even though the trend is what I expected," said study author Dr. Amy Kelley, an associate professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. "I don't think the vast majority of people have any idea about these costs unless they're living it."

The study findings were published online Oct. 26 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, a progressive condition marked by declines in memory, language, problem-solving and other skills that enable everyday activities, according to the Alzheimer's Association. About 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's. More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for these patients and others with dementia, the association said."

 

Read more here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/health-care-costs-for-dementia-soar-at-the-end-of-life/

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