October is heralded by a parade of pink – with a near-constant focus on breast cancer. And deservedly so, since statistics show that 12 percent of women may develop the disease. But did you know that 16 percent of women age 71 or older have dementia (compared with 11 percent of men) and that two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s are women?
This month – and every month – we may want to focus on purple (the color designated for Alzheimer’s awareness), as well as pink.
Are the numbers that high because women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or simply because women live longer than men – or both? Or are there more complex factors at play? Could different life experiences, such as type and amount of education or occupation, play a role?