It’s somewhat fitting that the Alzheimer’s Association has released their 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report yesterday, the day before International Women’s Day. After all, today is a day set aside to honor the social, economic, and cultural impact of women around the world and, as the Alzheimer’s Association’s report reveals, a majority of those who are caring for individuals with the disease are women.
According to a press release, “Caring for someone living with dementia often falls on women, who make up two-thirds of Alzheimer’s caregivers. New findings highlighted in the report show that of all dementia caregivers who provided care for more than 40 hours a week, 69 percent are women. Of those providing care to someone with dementia for more than five years, 63 percent are women.”
And Alzheimer’s continues to impact our society as a whole in significant ways as well, as this infographic depicts:
These numbers are quite staggering, it’s true, but there are things you can do today to make a difference. First, take a moment to thank a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s, whether they are a loved one’s family member or a co-worker at your community. Second, share these stats or this video with your online network. Third, sign up for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day to help raise money and awareness for research into diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.
CALA thanks all the family members of resident and team members of California’s memory care providers…you provide physical help and emotional support to some of our most vulnerable citizens, and for that, we honor you.