Did you know that women represent 72 per cent of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease? They could be your mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers or friends – even you.
Why women? Women live longer than men and age is a significant risk factor. That’s one reason why there are more women living with Alzheimer’s disease than men.
The impact on women is twofold as they also account for nearly 60 per cent of family caregivers. These women may eventually have to provide round-the-clock-care, with many of them still raising families and holding down jobs. This can take a heavy toll on their physical, mental and emotional well-being.