How Memory Loss Hits Women Hardest…
Most people, especially those affected by cognitive decline themselves, or within their families, understand the challenges it brings to all involved. Studies have shown that memory loss hits women the hardest.
Women over the age of 60 have a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer’s Disease according to the “2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” published by the Alzheimer’s Association. This is compared to a 1 in 11 chance for men in the same age group. Current numbers indicate that over 5 million Americans are living with the disease, and an estimated 15 million will be affected by 2050.
Who takes care of those affected? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the large majority of caregivers are women. They are 2.5 times more likely to provide full time care than men. Statistics reflect that over 20 percent of women need to decrease their work hours in order to care for someone living with Alzheimer’s. That is 7 times more than men in similar situations, and nearly twice as many women (18 vs. 11 percent) are required to take leaves of absence to provide care. More than double the number of women (11 percent vs. 5 percent) need to stop working all together to provide the necessary care for ailing loved ones. Whether you are the caregiver, or the person requiring care, Alzheimer’s significantly changes your lifestyle.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Women – in numbers:
1 in 6 – women aged 60 or older are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s
- 2/3 –of women versus men are diagnosed and live with Alzheimer’s
- 2.5 – times more women than men provide care for people living with Alzheimer’s
- 60% – estimated Alzheimer patients whose caregivers are women
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