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Denmark publishes report on the costs of informal care for people with dementia

Friday 18 November 2011

Alzheimer Denmark, in cooperation with Pfizer Denmark, has co-authored a study on the costs of informal care for people with dementia. The aim of the study was to estimate the time spent by family and friends on informal care of persons suffering from dementia in Denmark and calculate the economic implications.

Results for a typical day show that informal care time was 4.97–6.91 hours for primary caregivers and 0.70–1.06 hours for other caregivers. This translates to daily costs of EUR 160-223 for primary caregivers and between EUR 23-34 for others.

The report concludes that informal care delivered by family and friends is significant. The value of informal care constitutes an important part of the societal cost of dementia in Denmark, where some 70-80,000 people (1.3% of the population) live with dementia.

The survey was conducted by consulting company COWI with funding from Pfizer Denmark. Results are based on the responses of 469 primary caregivers.

The full text of the report can be found at http://content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/produkte.asp?doi=10.1159/000333812

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