Breaking Down the Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease for Women: A Call to Action


Published 6/28/22
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There are an estimated 6.5 million people in the United States with Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately two-thirds of them are women. Further, more than 60% of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias caregivers are women, many of whom are uncompensated.

Alzheimer’s disease is a rapidly growing and costly public health crisis, but the burden of Alzheimer’s disease is not evenly distributed; women bear the brunt of the burden, both as patients and as caregivers.

This fact sheet from SWHR reviews Alzheimer’s disease prevalence across the U.S. population, spotlights the caregiving burden faced by women, and provides policy solutions to improve Alzheimer’s disease outcomes for women.

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