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 Alzheimer’s to cost U.S. $200 billion in 2012

This year, the direct costs of caring for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias to American society will total an estimated $200 billion, including $140 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.

According to the Alzheimer's Association's 2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, caring for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias will cost the United States an estimated $200 billion in 2012. This includes $140 billion paid by Medicare and Medicaid. In addition, one out of seven of the estimated 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer's live alone, with up to half not having an identifiable caregiver.

Average per person Medicare payments for an older person with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are nearly 3 times higher than for an older person without these conditions. Medicaid payments are 19 times higher. These costs will only continue to soar in the coming years given the projected rapidly escalating prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease as the baby boomers age.

The report also includes Florida Alzheimer's Statistics.