Alzheimer’s disease is costlier than other disabling conditions, not only in terms of dollars of care but also in its impact on caregivers, a new MetLife study finds.
The dollar value of family caregiving for Alzheimer’s is 41% higher than for other disabling conditions, while Alzheimer’s caregivers report that caregiving has caused their health to worsen 45% more often than other caregivers, according to the study by the MetLife Mature Market Institute.
The study looked at more than 400 care recipients over age 65 from 8 different LTC insurance carriers. Among other findings:
Caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias provided an average of 47 hours of care per week, compared to 33 hours by caregivers for physically impaired individuals.