Mistaken belief about Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States – the fifth leading cause for women – yet it is still widely misunderstood and underreported. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of both men and women agree with the mistaken belief that Alzheimer’s must run in their family for them to be at risk.
“Everyone with a brain – male or female, family history of the disease or not – is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease,” Shirk said. “Moreover, African Americans are about two times more likely, and Hispanics one-and-a-half times more likely, than whites to have Alzheimer’s or another dementia.”
Realizing the impact Alzheimer’s has on women – and the impact women can have when they work together – the Alzheimer’s Association will launch a national initiative this spring highlighting the power of women in the fight against this disease.
The full text of the Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures report can be viewed at www.alz.org.