Alzheimer’s Disease network
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, disabling degenerative disorder of the brain. More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and the majority of them are women.
Additionally, while Alzheimer’s is the eighth leading cause of death for men, it is the fifth leading cause of death for women. A growing body of research confirms that biological sex plays a role in disease risk, as well as presentation and progression of dementia. Scientists are exploring the causes of these sex disparities, but we still do not understand much about the role sex plays in etiology and prognosis.
SWHR’s Alzheimer’s Disease Network is working to raise awareness about these biological sex disparities and create recommendations for future research and policies related to women’s health and Alzheimer’s disease.