Women pay a heavy price for Alzheimer's as patients and caregivers

03/19/2014 | USA Today

Women experience greater burden of Alzheimer's disease than men, according to a report by the Alzheimer's Association. One in 6 women over age 65 will develop the disease, making them twice as likely to develop AD as they are to develop breast cancer. Women also tend to shoulder more responsibility for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, something that carries a heavy professional and personal cost. However, with added funding for drug research, "we might be able to change this trajectory in the next decade," said Maria Carrillo, vice president of medical and scientific affairs with the Alzheimer's Association.

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