The 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, released today by the Alzheimer’s Association, has some sobering statistics for women.
According to the report, a woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is 1 in 6 compared to nearly 1 in 11 for a man.
The report also states that among those Americans over 65 with Alzheimer’s, two-thirds are women and women constitute 60-70 percent of caregivers. Women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease over the rest of their lives as they are breast cancer.
Carrie Mueller, director of development and communications for the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley chapter, said that each year the organization issues a fact and figures report that’s an update on the most relevant information relating to Alzheimer’s in the country. The report, a compilation of national and state information, is the most cited source covering the broad spectrum of Alzheimer’s issues and conveys the impact of the disease on individuals, families and the nation’s health care system.
“As part of the report, they always focus on a particular group, and this year the focus was on women,” Mueller explained. “When we talk about women’s issues, this will clearly grab people’s attention. People are beginning to understand why it is so important for us to advance research with Alzheimer’s.”
According to the Association, there are close to 230,000 people living with the disease in Ohio.
“It’s pretty consistent but that number is expected to triple because age is the highest risk factor,” Mueller said.
Other important information:
• Alzheimer’s is the most expensive condition in the nation costing Medicare and Medicaid a combined $150 billion a year.
• Nearly a quarter of men and women agree on the mistaken belief that Alzheimer’s must run in their family for them to be at risk.