by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  March 15, 2011 at 10:54 PM Mental Health News
 Rise in the Number of Alzheimer Patients and Unpaid Caregivers
Alzheimer patients and the number of unpaid caregivers are rising sharply. Alzheimer experts have stated that in US about 15 million people take care of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia, amounting to 17 billion hours or more than 202 billion dollars in unpaid care. Compared to the previous year there has been a 37% rise in the number of caregivers.

The report highlights the growing burden of Alzheimer's disease which progresses with time and no medication is available to arrest this progression. Experts have cited that the condition will only get worse in the coming years.

If there was more awareness regarding the early symptoms of the disease and if they were diagnosed sooner, then proper planning could help ease the stress on patients as well as the caregivers.

Source: Medindia

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