Committee advising government on dementia care, costs

September 12, 2011

That's the basis for the government's first national Alzheimer's plan.

The goal is to combine research aimed at fighting the mind-destroying disease with some of the help that caregivers need to stay afloat.

A committee has started advising the government on what the plan should include and says it's a unique opportunity to have an impact on the disease.

An estimated 5.4-million Americans already have Alzheimer's or similar dementias.

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