- Women in their 60s are more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as they are to develop breast cancer.
- In the United States alone, 13 million women either live with Alzheimer’s or care for someone who has it.
- Of the 5.8 million U.S. residents living with the disease, nearly two-thirds are women. More specifically, more than a third of caregivers are patients’ daughters.
- Women take on more care-giving tasks than their male counterparts.
- Nearly 19 percent of female Alzheimer’s caregivers had to quit work either to become a caregiver, or because their care-giving duties became too burdensome.
Because a disproportionate number of Alzheimer’s disease patients and caregivers are women, the Alzheimer’s Association and The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM) are leading a global movement to do something about it. Announced March 8 on International Women’s Day, efforts include a South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals session featuring WAM founder Maria Shriver, choirs of women across the nation, and a #RaiseYourVoice4Alz social media campaign. The facts, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, are these: