Can we start a debate that acknowledges that dementia disproportionally affects women?
We all need to acknowledge that dementia disproportionately affects women. Their stories enable us to explore the implications of the perspectives of women on dementia research, policy and practice. We want to initiate a debate and open up discussions around the lives of women affected by dementia.
The full report from this project was launched at UK Dementia Congress on 4th November 2015 (download the project reports from the link below)
Visit the project website at www.dementiawomen.org.uk
In June 2015, Alzheimer’s Disease International published a report global research review around women and dementia.
Their recommendations are:
- All countries need to understand the current and predicted prevalence and acknowledge that dementia disproportionately affects women. Accordingly, policy makers should review what support is currently available and what is required to meet future needs.
- There is also a need for skilled care competencies for health and care staff and professionals working with people living with dementia with complex needs and co-morbidities.
- In all regions people should be able to access appropriate information and support in place, enabling women across the world to continue to provide care, and to feel cared for themselves
Read the full report at the ADI website –
Statistics from the UK
In March 2015, Alzheimer’s Research UK published a report which said that dementia has not only become the leading cause of death among British women but that women are far more likely to end up as carers of those with dementia than men.
Two thirds of the people living with dementia in the UK are women and many research papers state that most family carers and those paid to care for people with dementia are also women.
The report ‘Women and Dementia: A Marginalised Majority’ can be downloaded from the Alzheimer’s Research UK website –