Harvard Mental Health Letter

Medications for Alzheimer's disease

Benefits of currently approved drugs are limited, but research continues.

Thanks to longer life expectancy, the senior population is steadily growing in the United States. A 2010 report from the Alzheimer's Association estimates that, by 2030, the 65+ population will be 71 million — double what it is today. By then, the number of people with Alzheimer's disease will be 7.7 million, more than a 50% increase from the 5.1 million people ages 65 and over currently suffering from the disease.

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