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Planning for the Financial Impact of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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Investor-Update

Though the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on families and friends from a lifestyle and emotional standpoint has been well-documented, little research has been done into the financial impact of caring for some afflicted by the disease. To determine the impact, the Alzheimer’s Association conducted a nationwide survey. The results are discussed in the association’s 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report.

The association found that care contributors spent an average of $5,155 per year of their own money to care for a relative or friend with either Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Spouses and partners spent in excess of $12,000 per year while adult children spent an average of about $4,800 annually. Food, other groceries, travel and medical supplies (which include adult diapers) were the most common expenses.

There was a wide range of reported costs, with some survey respondents saying their annual expenditures exceeded $100,000. While it would have been useful to see the median (the number at which half of survey respondents reported spending less and half reported spending more) instead of the average number, the data still shows that caring for someone with cognitive impairment is not cheap.

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