According to a report from the Alzheimer’s Association, by the time women reach their 60s, they are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD) than men the same age. Women in their 60s are also nearly twice as likely to acquire AD as they are to get breast cancer. Of the 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, two-thirds are women.
The disproportionate burden of the disease on women doesn’t stop there, either. About 2.5 times more women than men are also responsible for providing around-the-clock care for individuals with Alzheimer’s, often to the detriment of their own health. Forty-seven percent of women considered their caregiving role to be physically taxing (versus 24 percent of men), while 62 percent of women reported the role to be emotionally stressful (compared with 52 percent of men).
Learn more about why Alzheimer’s hits women harder than men.