According to the Alzheimer's Association's 2009 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures
, Alzheimer's disease
triples healthcare costs for those over the age of 65. Medicaid costs alone are over 9 times higher for Alzheimer's care. Persons with Alzheimer's disease are the highest consumers of hospital care, long term care, Medicaid, and Medicare, and they often have concurrent conditions such as heart disease or diabetes which raise costs further. The message is that more attention must be given to Alzheimer's disease in regard to research, treatment, and financial assistance for services.
2009 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimer's Association. 2009. http://alz.org/national/documents/release_032409_factsfigures.pdf