Annual medical costs for a caregiver who looks after a relative with Alzheimer’s disease may be about $4,800 higher than the annual costs for a non-caregiver of the same age.
Richard Schulz and Thomas Cook, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, have included that finding in a study presented recently at a gerontology conference in Boston.
The researchers looked at 583 family caregivers providing in-home care. The mean age of the caregivers was about 61, and the mean age of the care recipients was about 78.
The researchers followed the caregivers in the study for 18 months. The researchers looked at caregivers’ assessments of their own health and the caregivers’ use of medical services.