This year’s Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) World Alzheimer Report is a thorough international review of the disproportionate impact of dementia on women. It examines three aspects of the differential effect of gender on:
- Women living with dementia.
- Women caring for people with dementia in a professional caring role.
- Women with informal caring (“caregiving”) roles for people with dementia.
This report covers broader factors, such as issues affecting women in low and middle-income countries, international migration, family structures and kinship, and the need for research into the long-term impact of dementia on women as family carers and/or the in formal care workforce.
Women and Dementia: A global research overview. [Press Release / Summary]. London: Alzheimer’s Disease International, June 2015.
This relates to:
Erol, R. Brooker, D. [and] Peel, E. (2015). World Alzheimer Report 2015. Women and dementia: a global research review. London: Alzheimer’s Disease International, [May 26th 2015] June 2015.World Alzheimer Report
There is also an Executive Summary.
GADAA Submission on Women and Dementia, Adopted by WHO’s Global Plan of Action on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017–2025
An update on this subject, with contributions from the usual suspects, managed to push this subject home. Women constitute perhaps 65% of people with dementia in the UK, and they are disproportionately affected by the condition in terms of having to assume caring responsibilities.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognised the impact of dementia on women as a global challenge, and a priority regarding the improvement of woman’s health, social care and rights; this was adopted in the Global Plan of Action on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017–2025 at the 70th World Health Assembly in May 2017.
Corfield, S. (2017). Women and dementia: a global challenge. London: Global Alzheimer’s & Dementia Action Alliance (GADAA) / Alzheimer’s Society, February 2017.