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Number Of People With Alzheimer's Growing Annually, Increasing Costs, Report Finds


The numeral of U.S. residents with Alzheimer's disease is increasing annually, putting expanded pressure on the health consternation system, according to a report issued on Tuesday by the Alzheimer's Association, USA Today reports (Brophy Marcus, USA Today, 3/24). The report was based on 2004 data and included criterion Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance costs per man (Tanner, AP/Austin American-Statesman, 3/24). According to the report, 5.1 million U.S. residents older than time 65 include Alzheimer's. The report also erect that about 2.7 million U.S. residents older than age 85 acquire the disease; however, the report estimated that the number will extent about 3.5 million in 2031, when the first wave of baby boomers reaches age 85.
Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of destruction overall in the U.S. and the fifth-leading aim for U.S. residents older than age 65, the announcement states (USA Today, 3/24). From 2000 to 2006, deaths related to Alzheimer's increased by 47% while deaths due to heart disease, stroke, and breast and prostate cancer declined.
In addition, the report found that health care costs for U.S. residents with Alzheimer's are more than triple those of other older U.S. residents. The report stated that the payment per patient was at least $33,007 annually, compared with $10,603 annually for an older person who does not annex Alzheimer's. The fee did not build the 8.5 billion hours of free aggravation for Alzheimer's patients performed by nearly 10 million caregivers -- mostly family members -- in 2008, according to the report. According to the AP/Austin American-Statesman, U.S. residents ages 65 and older with Alzheimer's are added often hospitalized and treated in skilled-nursing centres than those in the same date compass who do not retain Alzheimer's. The increased medical costs for Alzheimer's patients too often comprehend nursing central anguish and Medicare-covered homey health visits.
According to Angela Geiger, chief strategy officer of the Alzheimer's Association, the costs related to Alzheimer's potential get grown since the 2004 info since the population has aged and the number of Alzheimer's diagnoses has risen. Geiger said, "All of these statistics tint a really grim picture of what's going to happen ... unless we invest in solutions" to delay or prevent the disease (AP/Austin American-Statesman, 3/24). Cost Thies, chief medical and scientific officer of the Alzheimer's Association, said that the U.S. needs to find higher quality treatment and prevention for the disease but noted that the management is "reducing dollars for Alzheimer's disease." Thies said, "Clearly, that's an equation going in the bad direction" (USA Today, 3/24).
The report is available online (.pdf).
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