Updated: June 1, 2022
- 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
Alzheimer’s Disease: An Overview – Johns Hopkins Medicine
Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Disease: What is the Difference? – Alzheimer’s Association
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
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month – Alzheimer’s Association
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias – National Institute on Aging
10 Early Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease – Alzheimer’s Association
Why are women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease? – Harvard Health Publishing – Harvard Medical School
9 Tips for Women To Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease – Cleveland Clinic
Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement – Cleveland Clinic
Women and Dementia A Global Research Review – Alzheimer’s Disease International
How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects Women – Brain & Life Magazine – American Academy of Neurology