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Impact on Women
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Women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer's disease. Women account for almost two-thirds of Americans with the disease, and 65 percent of caregivers of people with Alzheimer's are women.
Every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease. More than 5 million Americans are living with it today, and more than 28 million baby boomers are expected to develop Alzheimer’s between now and 2050. It is the sixth-leading cause of death in America and the only one among the top ten that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

  • Nearly 13 million American women are living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • More than 60% of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women.
  • As real a concern as breast cancer is to women's health, women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.
  • There are 2.5 times as many women than men providing intensive “on-duty” care 24 hours for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease


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