16 Mar '11, 9am

The burden that Alzheimer's brings to care-givers: CHICAGO - Nearly 15 million people in the United States take

CHICAGO - Nearly 15 million people in the United States take care of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, amounting to 17 billion hours or more than US$202 billion (S$257 billion) in unpaid care, Alzheimer's experts said yesterday. If these caregivers all lived in one US state, it would be the nation's fifth largest, according to the Alzheimer's Association's 2011 annual report on the disease. The report illustrates the growing burden of Alzheimer's disease, a fatal brain-wasting disease that erodes memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to handle daily activities. It affects more than 26 million people globally and can stretch on for years. Currently, there are no drugs that can keep the disease from progressing. "Alzheimer's disease doesn't just affect those with it. It invades families and the lives of everyone around them," Mr Harry Jo...

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