Kaiser Health News recently published a story regarding the impact of Alzheimer’s on ordinary people – particularly women in California. The article – “Postcard from California: Alzheimer’s ‘Looks Like Me, It Looks Like You’” – focuses on an event sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association that was part of an initiative to highlight the disease’s impact on women, who account for two-thirds of people living with Alzheimer’s and two-thirds of those caring for them. The article opens with a story about a 63 year old, Jackie Coleman who lost her job as a disability attorney after developing early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The articles points out that 630,000 people have Alzheimer’s disease in California, and women in their 60s have a 1 in 6 chance of developing the disease — almost twice as high as the risk of developing breast cancer.
The article is a good reminder that Alzheimer’s is no respecter of persons. Anyone can be affected and its impact is devastating. Check out the article here.