SWHR Policy Agenda: Breaking Down the Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease for Women


Published 11/16/22
Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that there are 6.5 million adults age 65 and older who are living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States—and this number is expected to rise, with projections estimating that the number of adults living with this disease could grow to 13.8 million by 2060. Yet, the burden of Alzheimer’s disease—including its health, economic, and quality-of-life impacts—is not evenly distributed. Approximately two-thirds of Americans living with the disease are women, and the majority of Alzheimer’s disease caregivers are women, many of whom are uncompensated.

As part of the Society for Women’s Health Research’s (SWHR) commitment to raising awareness about the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s disease on women, both as patients and caregivers, and driving policy change to improve women’s health and quality of life outcomes, SWHR published the SWHR Policy Agenda: Breaking Down the Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease for Women. This call to action is intended to serve as a roadmap outlining key areas of policy needed across research, clinical care, education and awareness, coverage and access, and more in order to improve Alzheimer’s and related dementias outcomes.

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More SWHR Alzheimer’s Disease Policy Resources

Watch the congressional briefing and national webinar “Taking Heed of Alzheimer’s Disease: Recognizing and Responding to a Coming Crisis“

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