Alzheimer’s Puts Heavier Economic Burden on Women, According to Study

Alzheimer’s Puts Heavier Economic Burden on Women, According to Study
Results from a recent study showed that women are more likely to not only be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), but to also be more heavily burdened by the associated economic costs, compared to men.  The study, entitled, "Gender Differences: A Lifetime Analysis of the Economic Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease," was published in Women’s Health Issues, the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, which is based at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. This gender inequality in disease has been well documented in the scientific literature. According to the Alzheimer’s Association in their “2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures,” women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than breast cancer. However this is the first study of its kind that is focused on understanding the economic burden of the costs associated with the disease on women and their caregivers The study was conducted by two researchers from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Emory University, Dr. Zhou Yang, PhD, assistant professor in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, and Dr. Allan Levey, MD, chair of the Department of Neurology and director
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