Maria Shriver and the Alzheimer’s Association released The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s on Oct. 14, 2010 to highlight the epidemic’s effect on women as caregivers, advocates and people living with this disease.
Here are highlights to this report:
✿ Women are the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic.
✿ Women make up 2/3rds of Americans who have Alzheimer’s and makeup 60% of the caregivers for family and friends with Alzheimer’s
✿ The economic impact of Alzheimer’s disease and the cost of caring for a single person with Alzheimer’s is a whopping $56,800 a year, the bulk of it borne by each family.
✿ Unpaid family caregivers are on the frontlines of the battle against Alzheimer’s. More often than not, women are stepping up to become the caregiver because no one else in their family will do it, and 40% of them say they had no choice.
✿ Caregiving at home always affects work and other responsibilities.
✿✿ Click here for the full report or go to the Alzheimer’s Association’s website.
✿✿ Video on “A Woman’s Nation” , Also located under Video on this blog.
✿✿ More on Maria Shriver: Huffington Post