We Are [US] Women, Hear Us Roar

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Trish Vradenburg – Huffington Post – Thursday, 27 June 2013 (originally published 24 Jun)

Okay, so here is the Alzheimer’s disease reality: Women are twice as likely as men to have Alzheimer’s. Women are also twice as likely as men to be caretakers of Alzheimer’s victims. Have I gotten your attention yet? We of the gentler, weaker, more adaptable sex are screwed.

So, is the greater percentage of women with Alzheimer’s due to the fact that we live longer? The answer is, somewhat, yes. But there are other reasons and we have to find out precisely what they are.

On the theory that women have to help themselves, we at USAgainstAlzheimer’s have started a new movement, WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s, to demand studies and answers. Doing crossword puzzles and taking fish oil supplements aren’t the answer (though as my mom would say, couldn’t hurt), but they don’t solve this disease. Neither is ‘hope’ a strategy. To do this, we need government funding. We have to demand it. I admit that being demanding is not white-glove or perhaps ladylike, but then ladylike doesn’t start a movement . . .

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