May 6, 2014
The Alzheimer's Association is reaching out to women after a new study found that women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer's disease.
The Alzheimer's Association held a workshop Tuesday morning to discuss the impact the disease has on women.
New research found not only do more women than men suffer from Alzheimer's, but more females are care-givers for Alzheimer's patients.
Heart and brain health, as well as stress and lifestyle factors, are linked to Alzheimers disease. If someone thinks they have signs of memory loss or confusion, they shouldn't be afraid to ask their doctor.
"Even though people may be concerned about their memory, even though people may be concerned about their cognitive health, only 19 percent ever mention it to a doctor," says Sue Friedman with the Alzheimer's Association.
Currently more than 5 million people have Alzheimer's disease, and that number is expected to more than triple in the next 40 years.