HealthWatch: Alzheimer’s Risk


Oregon Announces Plan For Alzheimer'sMEDFORD, Ore. — The just-released Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report shows women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as they are breast cancer.

The report states that 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.

Angela Geiger, chief strategy officer of the Alzheimer’s Association, says “Well-deserved investments in breast cancer and other leading causes of death such as heart disease, stroke and HIV/AIDS have resulted in substantial decreases in death. Comparable investments are now needed to realize the same success with Alzheimer’s in preventing and treating the disease.”

For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.

You can see CNN’s analysis of the report by clicking here.