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Women Impacted
Senior Times - August 2017
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More By Alzheimer’s
Whether it’s being personally impacted by the disease or caring for a loved one, women carry a heavier bur- den as it relates to Alzheimer’s disease.
Almost two-thirds of American seniors living with Alzheimer’s are women.
• Women with mild cognitive impair- ment (MCI) have two times faster decline in cognition than men with MCI.
• Among those aged 71 and older, 16 percent of women have Alzheimer’s and other dementias, compared with 11 percent of men.
• At age 65, women without Alzheimer’s have more than a
one in six chance of developing Alzheimer’s during the remainder of their lives, compared with a one in 11 chance for men.
• Women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.
Women are also more likely to care for an Alzheimer’s patient than men. They are 2.5 times more likely than their male counterparts to provide intensive "on-duty" care 24 hours for someone living with Alzheimer's dis- ease. Further, women are much more likely than men to link isolation with feeling depressed (17% of women vs. 2% of men).
Women caregiving duties have a greater impact on the workplace as well. Among caregivers who have been
employed while they were also caregiving:
• 20% of women went from working full-time to working part-time while acting as a caregiver... vs. 3% of men.
• 18% of women took a leave of absence... vs. 11% of men.
• 11% of women gave up work entire- ly... vs. 5% of men.
• 10% of women lost job benefits... vs. 5% of men.
The health and wellbeing of our caregivers is critical. For if their health fails our system is not equipped to han- dle the large number of beds that may be needed in the adult care community.
Realizing this, one of the local pri- orities for Miles for Memories is to develop a variety of respite programs. The goal is to provide a safe location for the person with Alzheimer’s while the caregiver can experience the much- needed respite that they may seek. Other preplanned respite endeavors are just as important for the health of the caregiver. If you have a sibling provid- ing care for your aging parent, seek to help them with respite opportunities whenever you can.
Data was compiled from both
the 2014 and 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, a statisti- cal resource for U.S. data related to Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia, as well as other dementias.
Tips to Keep
Get moving. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that, among seniors, “Moderate or high physical activity is associated with a reduced incidence of cognitive impair- ment after two years.” In addition to regular exercise, a great way to stay active is to spend time with your grand- children or other young family mem- bers. Chasing around after children can keep you physically active and improve your sense of well-being.
Play games. Playing games is another way to maintain and increase brain health. Regularly playing chess, card games, doing word puzzles, or engaging in other intellectually stimu- lating games helps keep your mind active and helps you stay socially con- nected to your peers. Recently, Miles for Memories presented a live brain game with their second annual murder mystery at NorthPointe Woods.
Engage in social interaction.
Studies have shown that seniors who
regularly participate in social interac- tions can retain their brain health. Maintain close personal relationships with family, friends, church members, neighbors, and other people in your life. For those friends and family that live far away, correspondence by email or social media can keep you connected.
Volunteer your time. Staying active within your community and continu- ing to give positive contributions are invaluable to both physical and brain health for older adults. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, says there are many health benefits of volunteerism, including increasing your longevity and your sense of purpose in life.
Join a group or club. By attending a regular garden club, book club, or dance group, you can meet new people and develop satisfying relationships with other seniors who have similar interests. Contact your local senior cen- ter or library to find clubs in your area.
Your Brain Fit
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