Among Americans, age 71 and older, 16% of women have Alzheimer’s or dementia compared with 11% of men, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.
The differences in men and women in regard to Alzheimer’s has caught the attention of researchers and, according to an article at Great Care, the Alzheimer’s Association is awarding research grants providing $2.2 million to nine projects to study Alzheimer’s in women.
We already know that women experience heart disease and heart attacks differently than men and now, it appears that Alzheimer’s affects women differently as well. Immediately I wonder if the fact that women have a longer life expectancy has any impact, and also if the fact that women are more likely to seek medical attention sooner than men could be part of the diagnosis gap between the genders.
It will be interest to see what the studies uncover. Women, in my experience, are more readily willing to adapt and make lifestyle changes that would decrease their risk, if factors can be identified. I am hoping that the research is able to pinpoint some of the risk factors.
The article does not provide the timelines for any of the research studies being funded and we all know it takes time.
In the meantime, women would be well-advised to educate themselves about Alzheimer’s and dementia to watch for any signs. You can learn more at the Alzheimer’s Association.
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