Updated: June 1, 2023
“Worldwide, more than 55 million people are living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.” – Alzheimer’s Association.
- An estimated 6 million Americans today live with Alzheimer’s, a disease that robs memories before taking lives.
- Alzheimer’s begins to develop in the brain 20-30 years before diagnosis.
- 2/3 of those diagnosed are women—and no one knows why.
- 2/3 of Alzheimer’s caregivers are also women, many of who will have to take time off or resign from their jobs.
- A woman in her 60s is twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the course of her lifetime than breast cancer
- After 60, a woman has a 1 in 5 chance of developing Alzheimer’s.
- By 2060, approximately 13.8 million brains in the U.S. will be living with Alzheimer’s, and millions more family members and friends will suffer alongside those diagnosed.
– Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement – Cleveland Clinic
With women accounting for two-thirds of all individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America offers tips for families affected by dementia to celebrate mothers. – Alzheimer’s Foundation of America AFA®
Alzheimer’s Disease: An Overview – Johns Hopkins Medicine
What can you do to avoid Alzheimer’s disease? – Harvard Health Publishing
Alzheimer’s Disease: An in-depth view of symptoms, causes, diagnostic measures, treatment and prevention – Stanford Health
Dementia’s Gender Disparity: Unique Challenges Faced by Women – American Association of Retired Persons/AARP
Why are women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease? – Harvard Health Publishing – Harvard Medical School
Women and Dementia A Global Research Review – Alzheimer’s Disease International
How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects Women – Brain & Life Magazine – American Academy of Neurology
Dementia Caregiver Overcomes Depression and (AAPI) Cultural Stigmas to Care for Her Parents – Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada
National Institute on Aging
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet: Available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and French
Alzheimer’s Research Progress & Discoveries