Two thirds of the roughly 5.8 million people with Alzheimer’s in the United States are women. In addition to these stats, we can also see sixty percent of caregivers for patients with Alzheimer’s are also women. Some new evidence is showing us that women who have three children are eleven percent less likely to develop neurological decline than women who have had only one pregnancy. Women can try their best to fight the odds by relieving stress and leading a healthy lifestyle.
- Women are affected more than men by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
- Women are also more likely to become caregivers to someone with dementia.
- There are some things that women can do to help lower their risk of developing dementia.
“This burden comes in two forms. First, women are more likely than men to develop dementia. Currently, a woman’s lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (after age 45) is approximately 1 in 5; for men, it’s 1 in 10.”