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4 Your Health: The cost of caring for dementia victims; remote care for Parkinson's patients

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Tucson- Distance and disability prevent many patients with Parkinson's disease from seeing a neurologist. But telemedicine may be an effective solution.

That's according to a new study from the University Of Rochester Medical Center. Researchers followed 200 patients who had four video conference visits with a neurologist, or got standard in-office care from a primary care doctor.

The telemedicine sessions were just as effective as in-person visits without the added time, difficulty and costs of travel.

The cost of Dementia

Caring for a person with dementia is tremendously expensive and patient's families bear most of that financial burden.

A new study from Brown University estimates it costs more than $320,000 to care for a person with dementia over five years. Researchers reported that families pay for about 86 percent of those costs.

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