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Women face higher risk of developing Alzheimer's

3:54 PM, Apr. 8, 2014  |  Comments
A memory garden was a part of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Wisconsin's annual Memory Walk held in Fish Creek.
A memory garden was a part of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Wisconsin's annual Memory Walk held in Fish Creek.
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The Alzheimer's Association released its 2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report highlighting that women are the epicenter of Alzheimer's disease - making up the majority of both people living with the disease and caregivers.

The report revealed a woman's estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer's at age 65 is 1 in 6, compared with 1 in 11 for a man.

As real a concern as breast cancer is to women's health, women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.

We have seen diseases like breast cancer and heart disease make tremendous progress in prevention, early detection and treatment after the federal government made significant investments. Comparable investments in Alzheimer's are now needed to realize the same successes and save millions of lives and billions of dollars.

Realizing the impact Alzheimer's has on women - and the impact women can have when they work together - the Alzheimer's Association is launching a national initiative this spring highlighting the power of women in the fight against this disease.

Join me in sharing why your brain matters and how you will use it to end Alzheimer's at alz.org/mybrain.

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