NIH-funded study at RAND and University of Michigan estimates costs of dementia
This study is one of the most comprehensive yet to determine health care costs for dementia. Researchers used Heath and Retirement Study data to calculate the costs of direct care (nursing homes, Medicare, and out-of pocket) as well as informal/unpaid caregiving. “Dementia costs currently rival those of cancer and heart disease. But, within 30 years, dementia may be in a league of its own,” said Richard Suzman, director of NIA’s Division of Social and Behavioral Research. A research report can be found at [*The New England Journal of Medicine*](http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1204629).