In new reports that look at Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, numbers indicate that this disease primarily impacts women. This is no groundbreaking revelation. However by looking at the way in which Alzheimer’s disease disproportionately impacts women, many believe that this devastating condition may just be the next ‘pink ribbon’ disease in the US.

 

Nearly two-thirds of Americans who have Alzheimer’s disease are women. Right now, breast cancer is one of the most highly publicized life threatening diseases to impact women. Numerous campaigns are in place for the public to wear pink ribbons and to raise the awareness about this truly difficult disease. These ‘pink ribbon’ campaigns have helped tremendously in terms of raising support and awareness for breast cancer. Now, due to the overwhelming prominence of Alzheimer’s disease in women, AD could be following in the footsteps of breast cancer as the next ‘pink ribbon’ illness.

 

Not only does Alzheimer’s disease directly impact more women than men, but according to the National Institute on Aging, it also indirectly impacts just as many women as well. Many women end up becoming the primary caregivers of their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.  While the average woman spends about 17 years raising a child, she will spend about 18 caring for parents. This makes Alzheimer’s disease an all around serious issue for women of all types.

 

There are a few different explanations behind the overwhelming number of women who get Alzheimer’s disease, although a specific reason has yet to be discovered. Some medical institutions believe it is because women tend to live longer than men. Others suggest it has to do with lower education levels in women. Whatever the exact reason may be, Alzheimer’s is adversely impacting women in the United States and many supporters of this illness are looking for ways to start gathering more public interest for this condition.

 

By the year 2025, the number of people 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease will increase by 40%, a great deal of these numbers have to do with the baby boomer generation reaching retirement age. As these numbers continue to grow it seems as though many supporters of the illness are looking for a ‘pink ribbon’ type awareness campaign that will finally let the public know just how susceptible women today are to this devastating, life altering disease.