The Greater Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is sponsoring a conference Tuesday.
It helps health care professionals learn more about the disease, which is becoming more common in Iowa.
“As people are getting older…so they survive other health conditions that maybe a generation ago might have killed them. So as they get older they are at more risk for Alzheimer’s. But at the same time the stigma of the disease is not as strong as what it used to be,” says Carol Sipfle, Executive Director of the Greater Iowa Chapter.
It is estimated 62,000 people in our state have Alzheimer’s. It is now the fifth leading cause of death in Iowa.
A new study shows women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the rest of their life as they are breast cancer.
The study shows women also make up six to seven-percent of informal caregivers and are two-and-a-half times more likely to be providing on duty care 24 hours a day to someone with Alzheimer’s.
The disease has no cure.
Registration for Tuesday’s conference is closed.