In 2018, the total estimated cost of medical and long-term care for Americans with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is estimated to increase by $20 billion to reach a total of $277 billion. Two-thirds of that sum, $186 billion, is the cost to Medicare and Medicaid, about 67% of the total costs. In 2016, total medical and long-term costs were estimated at $259 billion. Medicare and Medicaid were expected to cover $175 billion, also about 68% of the total costs. About 5.7 million Americans are estimated to have Alzheimer’s dementia in 2017. About . . .