16 Jan Why Are Women at Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s?
“One of the biggest risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease you may not have heard of? Being a woman.
“More women than men live with Alzheimer’s, a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, behavior and thinking. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, women make up two thirds of the roughly 5.5 million Americans living with the disease, but experts do not yet understand why. Now, the University of California at Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) and Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM) are partnering to fund research to get to the bottom of this striking gender divide.
“We tend to think of Alzheimer’s disease as an old woman’s disease, but we are now realizing that it is actually a young woman’s disease,” explains Nicole Absar, MD, medical director of the Senator William and Ellen Proxmire Neurocognitive Clinic at Integrace Copper Ridge, a memory care community in Sykesville, Maryland.”
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