Alzheimer's disease rate likely to rise

Tuesday, March 18th 2008, 4:31 pm
By: News 9


As baby boomers get older, more and more of them are likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.

A report released Tuesday from the Alzheimer's Association estimates 10 million boomers will get the disease in their lifetime. With life spans stretching longer, that could place a huge burden on families and an already struggling health care system.

"It's that there's a ripple effect from the person with the disease to the family members. If we look at the burden on caregivers, it's pretty astounding," said Dr. Emily Senay.

You can find more on this report by clicking on the Alzheimer's Association Web site.