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How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects Men And Women Differently

By Marius Butas, 10:51 pm on

November is a month for educating people on common degenerative diseases and home care practices that affect senior citizens. Not only is it National Family Caregivers Month, but November is also National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. One thing that many people don’t understand about AD is the different ways in which it affects men and women. Because two thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer’s are women, it’s important for family members and in-home Alzheimer’s caregivers in Mesa, AZ, to understand how to adjust care based on specific gender needs. Below is some information on AD and how men and women experience this degenerative disease in different ways.

1. Female More Susceptible to Alzheimer’s

On average, a woman’s life expectancy is 81 while men are expected to live to 76. Therefore, women with Alzheimer’s disease are living longer than men with the disease which partially attributes to the higher number of females affected. However, studies also prove that women who carry the gene variant ApoE4 are at a much higher risk of getting Alzheimer’s than their male counterparts.

2. Different Genders, Different Symptoms

While each individual, regardless of sex, will exhibit different symptoms associated with AD, disparities between men and women are much more evident. Men are much more likely than women to exhibit aggressive physical and verbal behaviors, are more likely to be socially inappropriate and tend to wander frequently. Women, on the other hand, tend to be reclusive and emotionally unstable, will frequently hoard items, and prone to depression and delusions.
Some studies suggest that hormonal differences cause the different symptoms among senior men and women with Alzheimer’s.

3. So What’s Similar?

Men and women experience Alzheimer’s differently, but their fears are the same. People over 60 years of age fear Alzheimer’s disease more than any other chronic condition. They specifically fear forgetting their family member’s and becoming a burden.

Whether the senior adult living with Alzheimer’s is male or female, both deserve proper 24/7 in-home senior care in Mesa, Arizona. A live-in Alzheimer’s caregiver from Home Care Assistance of Mesa is able to provide your aging loved one with the continuous in-home care that they need, allowing them to remain safely at home.

Please give us a call at 480-699-4899 for more information about our personalized Alzheimer’s care plans or to schedule a complementary in-home consultation.