WARNING FOR ALL MIDLIFE WOMEN
As a woman entering midlife, I am drawn more and more to the problems we are facing as a whole. When I saw these new statistics on Alzheimer’s and other dementias I knew I had to spread the word.
Alzheimer’s is a disease that as a caregiver has a huge affect on my life. Not only do I take care of my mom, but I worry that one day I could be diagnosed with it. One day soon I will have to say goodbye to my own mother. Alzheimer’s Disease isn’t just something to expect with old age. It is a disease that is a death sentence for all that get it.
It is the ONLY disease of the top 10 diseases in the world where there is NO PREVENTION, NO CURE, and NO WAY TO SLOW ITS PROGRESS! It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US! WOMEN IN THEIR 60’S ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO GET ALZHEIMER’S AS THEY ARE BREAST CANCER! That statistic just blew me away. This nation will spend $226 billion dollars on Alzheimer’s/Dementia care in 2015!
Of the 5.3 million people who have Alzheimer’s Disease, 5.1 million are 65 or older and 200,000 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Every 67 seconds somebody new is diagnosed. Of the 5.3 million people, 3.2 million of them are women! That is 3,200,000 women have already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of Dementia.
60% of Alzheimer’s Patients are women and 2/3rds of all caregivers are women. The chances are if we don’t get it ourselves we will be taking care of someone in our lives. One half of all primary caregivers provide care for their parents. That being said, 41% of caregivers have an annual household income of $50,000 or less.
Family members provided an estimated 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care which is valued at $217.7 billion dollars. That’s a lot of money, to put it into perspective, it is 46% of the net sales of Walmart and 8 TIMES THE REVENUE OF MCDONALD’S!
One and 6 women will get Alzheimer’s Disease. Numbers are so abstract, let me put it this way. I belong to a wonderful group of women called the Women of Midlife. A group of 1,100 of the most vibrant, intelligent and caring women. Women who aren’t afraid to take chances or go after what they want. Of these 1,100 ladies, 183 of them will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia. That would be almost twice as many women who were at our BAM Conference in March.
If we don’t do something to fight for our own future nobody will! This year, Washington will spend an estimated $6 billion on cancer research and $3 billion on HIV/AIDS research. Believe me, I know these are both worthy causes and I would love to see a cure for them. BUT when it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, the government only spends $586 million on research. I don’t want one of my friends to ever go through this, much less 183 of them!
Because there are a lack of funds for the Research of Alzheimer’s Disease there is a new grassroots campaign to bring awareness to the problems facing women today. Maria Shriver has decided enough is enough. We are going to have to save ourselves. She partnered with Women’s Brains, the Alzheimer’s Association and A Women’s Nation. The Wipe Out Alzheimer’s Challenge is this: GET EDUCATED, GET ENGAGED AND GET EMPOWERED. Join the #WipeOutAlz movement. Let’s choose our own destiny.
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