According to a new RAND study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, dementia care costs are now comparable to those of heart disease and cancer. And unlike most chronic diseases, rates of dementia in the population are rising rapidly. The study estimates that about 3.8 million Americans currently suffer from dementia, and predicts that this number will climb to 9.1 million by 2040. The cost of the disease to the country will rise proportionally if a cure is not found.
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