Women Twice as Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s, and Other News to Know

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Older women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than breast cancer

By the time women reach their 60s, they are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than men their same age, and nearly twice as likely to acquire the disease as they are to get breast cancer, according to a new report from the Alzheimer’s Association. Of the more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, over three million are women. The encumbrance of the disease on women doesn’t stop there. About 2.5 times more women than men are responsible for round-the-clock care of a person with Alzheimer’s, often to the detriment of their own health. Forty-seven percent of women considered their caregiving role to be physically taxing (versus 24 percent of men), while 62 percent of women reported the role to be emotionally stressful (compared with 52 percent of men). Learn more about why Alzheimer’s hit’s women harder than men.

New guidelines for statin use affect millions of seniors

Most affected by the new guidelines for statin use are seniors between 60 and 75 years of age, according to Duke Clinical Research Institute. Statins are a class of drugs prescribed to lower cholesterol levels. Over eight million of the seniors recommended for statin therapy under the new guidelines are without cardiovascular disease and would be preventive users. Overall, these guidelines could result in an increase from 38 percent to almost 50 percent of Americans between the ages of 40 and 75 being advised to begin statin therapy. Here are seven things to consider when considering statins.

Happiest caregivers are caring for a severe stroke survivor

People caring for a loved one who survived a more severe stroke were the happiest, according to new research by the American Heart Association. Researchers used surveys to evaluate the well-being of nearly 400 people caring for a family member who had endured a stroke. The surveys were given one year after the stroke episode, with an additional follow up after the second year. The happiest caregivers were found to be: older and in better physical health; good at maintaining their own hobbies and activities; providing higher levels of assistance to stroke survivors; and caring for someone with less cognitive impairment or depression. Discover how rehabilitation can make life easier for stroke survivors and their caregivers.

Should all older adults go through dementia screening?

Screening all seniors for dementia may eventually be worthwhile, but only if significant treatments become available, argues the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Dementia screenings generally involve physicians asking patients to complete a sequence of tasks to evaluate memory, along with other mental functions. The panel concluded that, although it has been found that certain medications may temporarily slow the progression of certain forms of cognitive impairment, there isn’t enough evidence to recommend screening for cognitive impairment in people who are completely free of symptoms. Here’s why many medical experts don’t want all seniors to get screened for dementia.

Source: agingcare.com

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