.The prevalence of dementia worldwide is increasing. The impact on women will be greater than for men. Women make up a larger proportion of the older population: 62% of people aged over 80 are women.
• More women live with dementia than men. Women are more at risk of developing dementia and the symptoms they live with are more severe. • Women provide a substantial proportion of informal care to people with dementia, with around two thirds of primary caregivers overall being women. The effects of being a caregiver, on health and well being as well as the financial impact is therefore likely to be greater for women. • The formal care workforce is predominantly female, particularly in dementia care, providing the majority of health and social care in the community as well as in hospitals and care homes.
Information sourced from Women & Dementia: A Global Research review
Women and Dementia: A Global Research Review (2015).pdf