Understanding the Greater Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease for Women

Did you know that women are at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? According to a recent survey conducted by Cleveland Clinic and Parade Magazine, many people are unaware of this significant risk factor. The survey revealed that while women generally show higher concern than men about the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia (57% of women vs. 50% of men), they often do not realise they are at an increased risk. Even more concerning is that only 15% of women discuss ways to optimise their brain health with their doctors.

This lack of awareness is troubling, especially considering the statistics Research shows there are more than 944,000 people in the UK who have dementia. 1 in 11 people over the age of 65 have dementia in the UK and t is estimated that 61% of people with dementia are women and 39% are men. This disparity highlights the urgent need for increased education and proactive health measures among women.

On a positive note, there has been growing awareness among women that hormonal issues and menopause can influence the risk of brain health issues. Understanding the connection between hormonal changes and brain health is crucial for developing strategies to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

At Home Instead, we understand the unique challenges that come with living with dementia. Our specialist dementia care services are designed to support those living with the condition, providing personalised care plans that address individual needs. Our trained caregivers offer compassionate, expert care to ensure the highest quality of life for our clients, helping them maintain independence and stay in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. It is essential to encourage conversations about brain health, especially among women. Raising awareness and promoting discussions with healthcare providers can lead to earlier detection and better management of the disease.

Let’s work together to spread the word and support initiatives that enhance brain health awareness among women. If you or a loved one need support, Home Instead is here to help.

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