According to the Alzheimer’s Association, increasing age is the greatest known risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s or other dementias. It is believed that the development of these diseases stems from multiple factors. Unfortunately, a number of these factors are beyond a person’s control, gender being one such component.
Research shows that 5.8 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s dementia. The vast majority (i.e. 5.6 million) are aged 65 and older. While the chances of developing this disease are about the same for men and women ages 65 to 75, the odds dramatically increase for women after the age of 75. In the United States, of all people living with Alzheimer’s disease who are over 65, women make up two-thirds. This means the disease is nearly twice as prevalent in women as compared to men. This is due in part to the fact that women on average live longer than men.
Considering that 72 million Americans are currently over the age 65, with 10,000 more set to turn 65 every day for the next decade, many older women will require assistance with the activities of daily life in years to come. 90% of seniors intend to age at home in the next 5 to 10 years. It is Clearday’s mission to provide such individuals with high-quality care options. Learn more about how we help here.
By Clearday Research Team
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