If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you know the commitment, patience and love it takes. Though both men and women make excellent caregivers, statistics show that women are predominantly the family caregiver. Additionally, a new study, Women and Dementia, reveals a disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia on women.
It’s been determined that over three million women are battling dementia – as many as two out of every three Americans diagnosed with the disease. And even more sobering, statistics show that women’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s is as high as one in six (compared to one in eleven men). It’s also currently one of the top 5 leading causes of death of women in the United States, and expected to reach the health crisis status of heart disease and breast cancer in women.
A variety of factors come into play to swing the potential for Alzheimer’s in favor of women, including longer life expectancies and hormonal changes after menopause affecting brain metabolism.
Since family caregivers are predominantly women (60 – 70%), the issue is twice as critical. Not only do we need to plan for care for the women in our lives who could potentially be impacted by Alzheimer’s disease themselves, but for those for whom the women would otherwise have provided care.
Compounding these needs even further, it’s important to note that female caregivers are at a higher risk for depression than their male counterparts, and are less likely to seek out respite, resulting in heightened stress levels.
Heaven at Home Senior Care knows how important it is for family caregivers who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s to receive outside help. Our quality caregivers are highly trained in caring for clients with Alzheimer’s. They are ready to help you and your loved one improve quality of life. Contact us today to learn more about our services!