Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias on Women Across the United States

Fact Sheets

Published 4/24/22

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD) disproportionately affect minority populations, particularly women of color. Differences in the risk of dementia between men and women depend on age and geographic region. In the United States, west and southeast regions are expected to experience the largest percentage increases in people with AD/ADRD between 2020 and 2025.

This fact sheet is from the SWHR Women’s Health Equity Initiative, which highlights data on women’s health in the United States and aims to provide solutions to improve health equity across diseases, conditions, and life stages.

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