Women Disproportionately Affected by Alzheimer's
They're more likely to suffer from it and act as caregivers: study
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2014 1:59 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A new study finds that women are more likely than men to be affected by Alzheimer's disease—both as patients and as caregivers. Three out of five people living with Alzheimer's are women, and women over age 65 have a one-in-six chance of getting the disease—compared to one-in-11 for men, NBC News reports. And when it comes to caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's, the number of female caregivers is more than double that of male caregivers.

The Alzheimer's Association finds that 20% of female caregivers drop from full-time to part-time work, compared to just 3% of male caregivers; 18% of women have taken a leave of absence to take care of someone with Alzheimer's, compared to 11% of men; and 11% of women have actually quit their jobs, compared to 5% of men. "Women are at the epicenter of Alzheimer's disease today," says the VP of the advocacy group. It's not clear why more women develop Alzheimer's; the fact that they tend to live longer than men is one factor, but the group also is looking at genetic and hormonal differences, CNN reports.

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rickydarlin
Mar 22, 2014 10:56 AM CDT
women talk twice as much as a man...that's why they get more alzheimers
rose1957
Mar 20, 2014 6:54 PM CDT
There's nothing funny about Alzheimer's. Nothing. Certainly, the terror, anger, and confusion the sufferer endures as he/she is losing his/her mental faculties aren't funny. Certainly, the exhaustion, heartbreak, and anger (yes, there's a lot of anger associated with Alzheimer's) the caretaker and other family members endure aren't funny. Watching your loved one forget you and your life together (spouse, sibling, parent, friend, whomever) isn't funny. Becoming a victim of violence from the confused, terrified patient isn't funny. Exhaustion, hyper-vigilance, and guilt (survivor's guilt, guilt over not being able to prevent an accident, guilt over having to finally admit the patient to care facility) aren't funny. Bankruptcy and poverty aren't funny. Years of grieving someone who's there in body but not in spirit isn't funny.
Nofun
Mar 20, 2014 4:48 AM CDT
I would prefer death than this.