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Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month: Women and Alzheimer's

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. We are exploring what science knows about women and Alzheimer’s, what questions remain unanswered, and the physical, emotional, and financial toll experienced by the caregivers.

The number of women approaching age 65 will increase dramatically over the next two decades. Then, as now, more women than men will either have Alzheimer’s disease or will be caring for someone who does.

Alzheimer‘s Disease and Women Caregivers: The Impact and the Burden

Alzheimer's and Women: The Caregiving TollOver the last ten years, many studies have documented the impact Alzheimer’s disease is having on caregivers, caregiving employees, their employers, and on the economy. The numbers are staggering and growing.In America, at this time, more than five million people have Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025, that number is expected to grow to over seven million, and triple by 2050. Women are approximately two-thirds of those who suffer from Alzheimer's. People age 65 and older survive an average of 4 – 8 years after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Some live as long as 20 years. And those caring for them? In 2012, 15 million Americans provided 17.5 billion hours of unpaid caregiving. That care is valued at $216 billion. Approximately 60% of Alzheimer’s caregivers are women,the focus of this article. Read more...


Research Update: Women and Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's and Women: Research UpdateAlzheimer’s disease (AD) is, as we often hear, a public health problem of epidemic proportions. It is the fifth leading cause of death in Americans aged 65 and older. More than five million Americans are already affected. AD will become an even greater societal burden in the future, due to the growth of our population both in number and in expected length of life. While AD is a major source of suffering, death, expense, and caregiving burden for all of us, it has an especially powerful impact on the lives of women. Read more...

Urge Your Senators to Support Resolution 303, to Double NIH Funding and End Alzheimer's Disease

A bipartisan Senate Resolution 303 introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Susan Collins (R-ME), declares that the goal of preventing and treating Alzheimer’s by 2025 is an “urgent national priority.” Citing the devastating emotional and economic toll that Alzheimer’s takes on families and the nation, the Resolution calls for a doubling of the funding the United States provides on Alzheimer’s research, beginning with a target of $2 billion a year in the NIH budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

Now, supporting Senate Resolution 303 takes on even more urgency. Recent research indicates that death rates from Alzheimer’s disease may be 5-6 times higher than officially estimated, making Alzheimer's the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer.  Yet in research funding the U.S. spends only a fraction—one-third of one percent— of what Alzheimer’s costs the nation.

 As Congress prepares the 2015 budget, act now.  Contact your two U.S. senators, using these easy instructions and tell them to support Senate Resolution 303 and a doubling of the NIH budget for Alzheimer’s research.

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