New Numbers Show Alzheimer's is Growing Among Women

By Brett Martin |

Published 03/20 2014 06:41AM

Updated 03/20 2014 09:18AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A new study shows 5 million people suffer from the Alzheimer’s disease or some form of it, and a majority of those diagnosed are women.

Every 67 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s in the United States and 1 out of 6 women have a form of the disease by the age of 65.

According to the Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, the disease is the sixth leading killer in our country.

It  affects patient’s memory, communication skills and their executive functions.

Marcie McKie, a Care Consultant for the Springfield chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, says it not only impacts the person with the disease but those who must take care of them as well.

She hopes the awareness for Alzheimer's will grow just like the awareness for Cancer has in the U.S.

"In their 60s, one and six women have the risk of getting Alzheimer’s; in breast cancer, one and eleven women are at risk of getting breast cancer."

The report also shows most caregivers are women, as well. There are 2.5 times as many women than men providing care for those suffering from the deadly disease.

In 2014, its expected that $214 billion will be spent on people suffering from the disease or a form of it.

"When your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you are as well. They are going down this path together."

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