Women carry weight of global dementia crisis

08 March 2017 - A new report released today by Global Alzheimer’s and Dementia Action Alliance (GADAA) shows the disproportionate effect of dementia on women everywhere. Women & Dementia: A Global Challenge shows that while women are more likely to develop dementia, they account for the majority of primary care partners around the world and are more likely to have to change to their employment status to provide care for those living with the condition.

Dementia is widely recognised as one of the worst health and social crises of the 21st century, yet only twelve countries offer gender-sensitive responses to the disease.

Marc Wortmann, executive director of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) said, “The absence of clear gender-perspectives points to the vital significance of women-focused NGOs collaborating with dementia specialists and government policymakers to mainstream gender equality into future responses.”

ADI is a founder and Steering Committee member of GADAA. ADI is encouraging increased awareness of the impact of dementia on women during International Women’s Day 2017.

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