Barcelona Alzheimer Treatment & Research Center

70% of people with Alzheimer’s are women

70% of people
with Alzheimer’s are women

 

  • Regardless of the patient’s ender, 67,2% of caregivers are women.

  • These facts and figures come out of a study carried out by Fundació ACE with more than 10.000 cases from 2006 to 2015.

A study by Fundació ACE – Barcelona Alzheimer’s Treatment & Research Center highlights the high incidence of dementia in women. According to data from this study, 70% of the more than 4,000 people with dementia analyzed are women.

This figure becomes important when it is related to the fact that, apart from the gender of the person with dementia, 67.2% of caregivers are women.

The feminization of the caregiver role

The study carried out by Dr. Pilar Cañabate shows that in 32.4% of the cases, the caregiver role of the person with dementia is assumed by the wife. It is followed by daughters, by 27.6%. Third, with 22.3 of the cases, the husband is the caregiver and 9.1% are the male children. The remaining 8.6% is a percentage of heterogeneous profiles among which can be found the daughters-in-law, nephews, siblings and professional caregivers.

The cause of these percentages is fundamentally in the traditional attribution of the care of the patient to the woman. Often they develop their functions as an extension of their maternal role or as an extension of domestic tasks.

This is also due to the different attitude that man presents when he faces the responsibility of care. According to the Foundation’s medical team, and roughly, men are more open to the instructions or indications they are given.

On the other hand, women are generally more reluctant to accept external indications and may sometimes feel questioned about their abilities to develop such care. A study by the ACE Foundation – Barcelona Alzheimer’s Treatment & Research Center highlights the high incidence Of dementia in women. According to data from this study, 70% of the more than 4,000 people with dementia analyzed are women.

This figure becomes important when it is related to the fact that, apart from the gender of the person with dementia, 67.2% of caregivers are women.

“I am the brain and he is the legs”

It should be kept in mind that these situations usually occur at ages in which physical deterioration begins to manifest itself. Therefore, the majority of women who exercise as caregivers of their partners add to their own physical deterioration that is caused by the performance of these functions.

Meanwhile, the couple diagnosed with dementia, especially in the early stages, would maintain healthy physical abilities despite deteriorating cognitive functions.

So it is usual that she is the one who organizes the house and is he who does the physical tasks like going out to buy. However, this situation, which could be, in any case, bearable, becomes unsustainable when the disease progresses and man is no longer able to leave alone because of the disorientation he might suffer.

The fear of losing memory is also female

From the Diagnostic Unit of the Catalan entity have also wanted to draw attention to the fact that it is women who are most concerned about the state of their memory.

Monthly, since 2008, Fundació ACE organizes an Open Day. It is about offering anyone over the age of 55 a free memory review. Of the people who participated in the 14 Open House days in 2016, 68.1% are women.

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