It's No Small Matter: The High Cost of Dementia

Hefty Costs of Dementia Care

  • More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
  • Caregivers spend on average 24.4 hours a week providing care for their loved ones.
  • In 2015, caregivers of people with dementia provided informal, unpaid assistance valued at $221 billion.
  • On average, caregivers lose an estimated $15,000 in income each year when they reduce their paid work hours or quit paying jobs to manage the demands of caregiving.
  • The demands of looking after a relative often affect the caregiver’s own health. Nearly 60% of dementia caregivers say the emotional stress of caregiving is high or very high.
  • Those who provide unpaid care of any type for 21 hours or more each week are particularly vulnerable to emotional stress and physical strain.
  • On average, caregivers spend more on healthcare than non-caregivers: $800 more per year.
  • Approximately 40 percent of caregivers suffer from depression.

If you are a caregiver, consider the impact this loving and very intense duty is having on your own life and whether it may be time to consider other options.

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