Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 -- Alzheimer’s disease is the most under-recognized public health crisis in the 21st century. It affects Americans across all walks of life and all regions of the country. Today, over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. The cost of caring for those with the disease cost $203 billion in 2013, including $142 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid. More than 15 million family members and friends provide unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias – care valued at more than $216 billion. Due to the physical and emotional toll of caregiving, Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers have over $9 billion in additional health care costs of their own.