Aging

Women face bigger Alzheimer’s risk

 

Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald

Women face a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease at age 65, a much greater risk than that faced by men, according to an annual report by the Alzheimer’s Association.

The chance of a man getting the disease, which causes dementia and eventually leads to death, is 1 in 11, said the report, “2014 Alzheimer’s Diseases Facts and Figures.”

The chance of getting Alzheimer’s at 85 rises to 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men.

Women also make up most of the caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s, with 2.5 times as many women providing 24-hour care as men, the report said.

Among caregivers who report feeling isolation because of their task, 17 percent of women said it caused them to feel depressed compared to 2 percent of men.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the human toll of the disease is expected to grow as the Baby Boomers age.

Between 2010 and 2050, the report said the number of people 65 and older with Alzheimer’s is expected to grow 176 percent, to 13.8 million.

Read more Health stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category