The newly published Report Women and Dementia provides the first official recognition that dementia disproportionately affects women. This imbalance arises as a result of it being women who do most of the caring (both as family members and as paid staff), and also because age is the major risk factor and more women live longer than men. While in truth I can’t think of why it has taken so long for this thinking to be documented, I welcome the report in finally drawing much needed attention to this marked gender imbalance.
From relative obscurity half a century ago, with the Prime Minister making it a priority at the G7/8 meeting in 2013, dementia has really shot up the national agenda. The successful Dementia Friends and Dementia Friendly Communities campaigns led by the Continue reading “Women and dementia”