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Nov 19, 2014 • Lauren Jiles-Johnson

An often overlooked women’s issue: Alzheimer’s Disease

You saw the pink ribbons everywhere -- what an incredible educational campaign!  In case you missed it, October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.   

Another over-looked risk to a woman’s health is Alzheimer’s Disease.  Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer's crisis in America.   We all know women live longer than men – longevity presents risks (financial and healthcare).  In fact, a woman's estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer's at age 65 is 1 in 6, compared with nearly 1 in 11 for a man. As real a concern as breast cancer is to women's health, women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's during the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.  That means, women need to plan for differently for living a long life – it’s not just about retirement income…it’s about healthcare too.

Long-term care insurance can help protect women financially and from a caregiving perspective.


Facts Women Need to Know About Alzheimer's