Committee advising government on dementia care, costs

September 13, 2011 5:01:59 AM PDT
Skyrocketing dementia rates in aging baby boomers is a potential budget-buster for Medicaid and Medicare.

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.