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Dementia care costs reach $109b, expected to double

SAN FRANCISCO — The cost of caring for dementia patients has reached $109 billion annually, exceeding that for heart disease and cancer, and will double by the time the youngest baby boomers reach their 70s, according to a study.

Dementia, most commonly taking the form of Alzheimer’s disease, results in a loss of brain function affecting memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and that number will rise 40 percent by 2025. Dementia represents a substantial financial burden on society, researchers said in the study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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