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Shou-Mei Li, right, cares for her husband, Hsien-Wen Li, an Alzheimer's patient, at their home in San Francisco. Dementia is poised to become a defining disease and one with the potential to bring Medicare and Medicaid to the brink. AP Photo

Families urge action as U.S. drafts Alzheimer's plan


As her mother's Alzheimer's worsened over eight long years, so did Doreen Alfaro's bills: The walker, then the wheelchair, then the hospital bed, then the diapers -- and the caregivers hired for more and more hours a day so Alfaro could go to work and her elderly father could get some rest. Alfaro and her husband sold their California house to raise money for her mother's final at-home care.

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