The High Costs of Caring for Alzheimer’s Patients

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“McCormack quickly learned a harsh lesson about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease: It’s expensive, and much of the cost comes out of the family’s pocket. Medicare didn’t cover the $108,000-a-year cost of the locked memory-care facility that doctors told McCormack her mother needed to ensure her safety right after the diagnosis. And it didn’t cover the $84,000-a-year assisted living facility that Helen lived in for three years after that.”  Reference: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-10-2010/the_high_costs_of_caring_for_alzheimers_patients.html

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