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Can Technology Ease The Burden Of Caring For People With Dementia?
National Public Radio

A doctor I interviewed for this story told me something that stuck with me. He said for every person with dementia he treats, he finds himself caring for two patients. That’s how hard it can be to be a caregiver for someone with dementia.

The doctor is Bruce Miller. He directs the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco. According to Miller, 50 percent of caregivers develop a major depressive illness because of the caregiving. “The caregiver is so overburdened that they don’t know what to do next,” he says. “This adds a huge burden to the medical system.”

This burden is going to increase dramatically in the coming decade. By 2025, 7 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s disease, according to one recent estimate. Millions more will suffer from other types of dementia.

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