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.
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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.