Study: Women disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s
NBC News: Women in their 60s and older are approximately twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as they are to develop breast cancer, a newly released study found.
The study from the Alzheimer’s Association found that women are disproportionately affected by the disease. In addition to accounting for three out of five of those living with Alzheimer’s, women are also more likely than men to care for afflicted loved ones.
“So women are at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease today, not only by being most likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but also by being the caregiver most of the time,” said Maria Carrillo, vice president of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Photo: Courtesyof Angie Carrillo and John Wallace via Alzheimer’s Association