When you think of “women’s diseases” the first ones to come to mind are breast and ovarian cancer. You can also add Alzheimer’s Disease to that list as well. The facts are shocking. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s Disease are women.” Even more shocking is the fact that “women over sixty are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over their rest of their life than breast cancer.”
If a cure or prevention is not found, they estimate that costs to Medicare and medicaid could skyrocket to nearly 500 percent by 2050.
Alzheimer’s Disease also causes great stress on family and other caregivers. “Due to the physical and emotional toll of caregiving, Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers had $9.3 billion in additional health care costs of their own in 2013.”