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Shriver Report Reveals Impact of Alzheimer's on Women
Olivia_WebMD_Staff posted:
On Oct. 15, Maria Shriver and the Alzheimer's Association, will release The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's.

This report will shed light on the impact of Alzheimer's disease on women in the U.S. It focuses not only on women who have the disease, but on caregivers and those who act as advocates for Alzheimer's patients. The majority of Alzheimer's victims tend to be women, and more women are also caregivers for their loved ones with the disease. With 78 million baby boomers hitting their 60s, this impact is likely to be felt by almost all of us.

The Shriver Report takes a look at the following questions: "Is this country ready for the impact on family, the workplace, our healthcare system, our government? Is anyone ready?"

Are you a woman with Alzheimer's? A caregiver? How has Alzheimer's affected you, your family, your friends?
Helene Bergman, LMSW responded:
Thanks to Maria Shriver and the Alzheimer's Association for their focus on the unique impact Alzheimer's Disease has on women. We know that caregiving stress and burden affect productivity in the workplace of spouses and/or adult children caregivers as they manage the day to day - minute to minute needs of their loved ones. Yet, we sometimes neglect to consider the huge emotional costs as daughters progressively lose the parent they love and respect and wives lose their mates. We also overlook the multitude of female formal caregivers who work directly with Alzheimer's patients as aides or companions while they may be caring for a parent also afflicted with the disease. As a Care Manager, I see the enormous caregiving consequences daily and am grateful for the efforts of organizations like the Alzheimer's Association for their supports. However, at this time, with the progressively increasing prevalence of the disease and the longevity of those afflicted due to treatments and better care , our country still lacks a formalized system for economic and emotional support caregivers. Perhaps the Shriver Report will precipitate change.

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