(excerpt via www.alfa.org)
"Dementia disproportionately affects women throughout the world and countries need to develop health and social care policies based on evidence of need within each country, according to the new 'Women and Dementia: A Global Research Review' report from Alzheimer’s Disease International. In 2014, women accounted for 62 percent of people over age 80 around the globe. Population aging is particularly rapid in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia and the prevalence of dementia is increasing.
ADI estimates the by 2050, 71% of the 135 million people with dementia will live in low and middle income countries and the 'vast majority of these people will be cared for at home, most likely by a female relative,' says the report, which outlines various socioeconomic and domestic challenges facing women living in low and middle income countries and suggests that women around the world are must less likely to access help and support than their male counterparts.
'The reality is that more women live with dementia, more women are family [caregivers] and more women make up the health and social care workforce,' says Professor Dawn Brooker, director of the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester. 'Dementia initiatives will impact women differently from men and all policy makers need to be aware of this.'