Straight from Stone Health News & The Guardian
|An MRI scan of a human brain. Women over 60 are now twice as likely to get dementia as breast cancer. Photograph: Alamy|
“Women are carrying the responsibility of care for their loved ones, only later to be living with the condition,” states the report, entitled Women and Dementia: A Marginalised Majority. “Women are dying from dementia but not before it has taken a considerable toll on minds and bodies. In the UK, dementia hits women the hardest.”
More than 500,000 women are now affected by dementia. About 350,000 men have the condition.
■ Women over 60 are now twice as likely to get dementia as breast cancer.
■ Women are more than two-and-a-half times more likely than men to be carers of people with dementia.
■ Most carers do not choose or plan to take on this role and often find the experience highly stressful.