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Honoring Women’s Contributions To Alzheimer’s During Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions and achievements of women throughout history. It’s also a moment to acknowledge the unique impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias on women, both as individuals living with the condition and as caregivers.

Research indicates that Alzheimer’s disproportionately affects women, with nearly two-thirds of Americans living with the disease being female. This gender disparity extends beyond prevalence rates; women are also more likely to serve as primary caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. They often face complex challenges, balancing caregiving responsibilities with other aspects of their lives, including work, family, and personal well-being.

Several factors contribute to the increased risk of Alzheimer’s in women, including hormonal changes associated with menopause, genetic predispositions, and differences in brain structure and function. Additionally, societal factors such as caregiving roles, socioeconomic status, and access to healthcare may further impact women’s vulnerability to the disease.

Women caregivers may experience higher levels of depression and impaired health than their male counterparts. Evidence suggests these differences arise because female caregivers tend to spend more time caregiving, to take on more caregiving tasks, and to care for someone with greater cognitive, functional and/or behavior problems.

During Women’s History Month, it’s essential to recognize the resilience, strength, and contributions of women affected by Alzheimer’s. By raising awareness, supporting research initiatives, and advocating for better resources and support services, we can empower women to navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s with dignity and compassion. Together, let’s work towards a future where all individuals, regardless of gender, have access to quality care, support, and treatments for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Illinois Women Conquer ALZ (IWCA) seeks to engage and empower more women in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by raising awareness and taking action through fundraising events, education and advocacy initiatives.

Recognizing that Alzheimer’s disproportionately impacts women, IWCA was founded in 2017 by the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter to raise awareness and connect with more women. All activities align with and support the mission and strategic plan of the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. To join Illinois Women Conquer Alz click here

As we commemorate Women’s History Month and Alzheimer’s Awareness in March, let us not only celebrate the achievements of women but also commit ourselves to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Together, we can honor the past, empower the present, and shape a better future for generations to come.



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