A study released today highlights an alarming link between women and Alzheimer’s. Research shows women in their 60’s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than breast cancer.
“She was born March 3, 1933 at 3:33 PM,” says Dani Dunham about her Grandma Katie.
About five years ago, Alzheimer’s disease robbed her grandmother of the memories they shared. The 81-year-old now lives in a nursing home in Iowa Falls.
“It was very hard to see her not know who I was and not remember our past,” says Dunham.
A new report released by the Alzheimer’s Association shows five million Americans are living with the disease.
“Two thirds of people with Alzheimer’s disease are women. I think for women that really gives us pause about what are the diseases we fear?” asks Carol Sipfle, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Assocation of Greater Iowa.
Sipfle says the fact that more women are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s isn’t the only alarming trend in the new study.
“What is startling about Iowa statistics is that we have the third highest death rate from Alzheimer’s disease of any other state in the country,” she Sipfle.
“I champion for this cause. My friends will probably be mad at me for pushing purple too much,” says Dunham.
But she pushes purple, the signature color of the Alzheimer’s Association, for her Grandma Katie and all the others like her with Alzheimer’s.
Dunham is a national delegate for the Alzheimer’s Association. Next month, she will lobby lawmakers in Washington DC for more Alzheimer’s research funding.