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Alzheimer’s Disease: A Double Whammy for Women

Alzheimer's stampIf you are a woman, a new report from the Alzheimer’s Association might just jolt you upright. Consider:


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These are just some of the statistics to come out of this week’s 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, which includes a special report on women and the disease.

“Our report shines a light on the disproportionate burden on women, who are at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Angela Geiger, chief strategy officer for the Alzheimer’s Association. “We’re hoping the report serves as a catalyst for increased federal funding.” Currently, the government spends $500 million annually on Alzheimer’s research, as compared with $6 billion for cancer and $5 billion for heart disease.

“With that investment have come great advances with those other diseases,” says Geiger. “If we’re willing to make that same kind of investment, we’ll have the same success in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s. It’s the only one out of the top 10 causes of death that can’t be cured, prevented or even slowed.”

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Other figures that popped out at me:


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Sally Abrahms writes about adult boomer children and their aging parents. Follow her on Twitter.


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