June is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Updated: June 1, 2024

“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

Alzheimer’s Association
2024 Annual Report Increasing Concern & Awareness: Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures
Find Care and Support Services for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias
Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Disease: What is the Difference?
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
10 Early Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

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

Cleveland Clinic
9 Tips for Women To Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement

Alzheimer’s Disease International
Women and Dementia A Global Research Review
Reports & Resources: Including 2024 World Alzheimer’s Report 

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
Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month 2024: English/Spanish Resources