The societal cost of dementia in the United States has been estimated to range from $157 billion to $215 billion annually according to RAND economists, making the disease more costly than heart disease or cancer.
Hurd, MD. Martorell, P. [and] Delavande, A. [et al] (2013). Monetary costs of dementia in the United States. The New England Journal of Medicine, April 4th 2013, Vol.368(14), pp.1326-34. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].