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Women at the Center of the Global Alzheimer's Epidemic
Date:7/18/2011

PARIS, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Alzheimer's Association® in conjunction with GE Healthcare held a "Women and Alzheimer's: A Global Perspective" panel discussion during the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2011 (AAIC). The event brought together leaders in the Alzheimer's field and revealed new data from a survey*commissioned by Alzheimer Europe. The findings explored the impact of Alzheimer's disease on women and highlighted some of the different perspectives women have about the disease compared to men in France, Germany, Spain, Poland and the United States.

36.5 million people worldwide are estimated to be living with dementia. The new data from the multi-country survey revealed:

  • In all countries women were more fearful of getting Alzheimer's compared to other diseases, second only to cancer and women in France were 15 percent more afraid of developing Alzheimer's than their male counterparts.
  • Likewise, women in all five countries were more concerned than men about a loved one developing Alzheimer's.
  • Almost 60 percent of women in the United States and nearly 50 percent of women in France were aware that Alzheimer's is a progressive and fatal disease.
  • Women in all countries, the highest being 90 percent of women in Spain, believed that government spending on Alzheimer's research should be increased, the lowest being nearly 70 percent of women in Germany.
  • Women in all countries were more likely than their male counterparts to be involved in day-to-day care. In Poland there was more than a 10 percent differential.
  • In addition to providing the day-to-day care, women in France and Poland were significantly more involved in the decision-making and financial support of the person living with Alzheimer's disease.
  • Should men or women develop Alzheimer's, the largest percentage of respondents identified their spouse as the pers
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