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Report: Women face heightened risk of Alzheimer’s

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Women face a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease at 65, a much greater risk than men, according to an annual report by the Alzheimer’s Association.

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The chance of a man getting the disease, which causes dementia and eventually leads to death, is 1 in 11, said the report, “2014 Alzheimer’s Diseases Facts and Figures.”

The chance of getting Alzheimer’s at 85 goes up to 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men.

Women also make up the majority of caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s with 2.5 times as many women providing 24-hour care than men, the report said. Among caregivers who report feeling isolation because of their task, 17 percent of women said it caused them to feel depressed compared to 2 percent of men.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the human toll of the disease is expected to grow as the Baby Boomers age. Between 2010 and 2050, the report said the number of people 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to grow 176 percent to 13.8 million. In North Dakota, those numbers are expected to grow 14.3 percent to 16,000 and in Minnesota 36.4 percent to 120,000.

More On the Web: The association’s report is available at bit.ly/1ka7HNa.

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