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Number of Alzheimer's patients and caregivers larger than thought

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- More than five million Americans have Alzheimer's Disease, and millions more take care of them.

New statistics from the Alzheimer's Association show there are nearly 15 million Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers in the U.S.

That equates to over $200 billion in unpaid health care services.

The study also found deaths from Alzheimer's Disease spiked significantly from 2000 to 2008, while deaths for other conditions like breast cancer and heart disease went down.

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