Several compounds are in mid- and late-stage clinical trials, and the first new drugs could hit the market in as soon as three years. "The rate of Alzheimer's is going to explode as the baby boomers hit 65," said Dr.
That's grim news for American families. Because Alzheimer's patients eventually require some type of round-the-clock care, having a family member stricken with the disease can be a heavy burden, emotionally and financially. And although many patients do end up spending their final days in a nursing facility, an estimated 70% are cared for at home.