Alzheimer’s takes a greater toll on women

Both patients and caregivers

Contributed by Vijaya Reddy, MD

older woman on benchA recent report issued by the Alzheimer’s Association says that women in their sixties have about a one in six chance of developing this brain disease. While men on the other hand, have only a one in 11 chance. The report also said that more than twice as many women provide Alzheimer’s care than men. And, the care they provide is sustained and time-consuming, resulting in having to cut back on work hours, give up jobs and/or lose benefits to provide that care.

Why are women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s?
The current state of research seems to favor the simplest explanation for this phenomenon: Women just live longer. But emerging research has produced data linking a genetic, as well as hormonal influence on the disease. While these discoveries are exciting, researchers must continue to probe these gender differences in hopes of finding different ways to help men and women with Alzheimer’s disease and, perhaps, find new treatments or, eventually, a cure.

Geriatric assessments help the patient and the caregiver
The Women’s Center offers geriatric assessments. In the assessment, we review the cognitive function of people who come in with memory loss, taking into account the patient’s stage of dementia as well as other health conditions and develop a treatment plan to maximize his/her health. Additionally, I provide the caregiver with information about organizations and services to help in the overwhelming task of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. To learn more about geriatric assessments or to schedule an appointment, please call (513) 475-UC4U.

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