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HEALTH NEWS YOU CAN USE: Study: For Middle-Aged Women, Stress May Raise Alzheimer's Risk


Health & Wellness  (tags: health, women, safety, risks, healthcare, DEMENTIA, humans, study )

Cal
- 198 days ago - npr.org
Researchers in Sweden say that women who reported stress in midlife from experiences like divorce or a family member's illness were more likely to have dementia or Alzheimer's disease in old age.



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John S. (294)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 4:13 am
I guess the good news is that it doesn't kill you (actually it does, 3 to 1, but I was trying to make you feel better).
 

Brian M. (143)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 9:36 am
There is just way too much stress in the world.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 1:36 pm
Thank you.
 

OutofTown M. (444)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 2:48 pm
Good Grief I know that Stress didn't cause my Mother's problem, but now I need to think about another thing that STRESS Causes? GADS! Thank you Cal for giving me an excuse to pull the covers over my eyes NOW! Stress the Killing Machine, now the Do Do or Dobidido?!?!?
 

Birgit W. (135)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 3:25 pm
Gee, I hope not. Thanks for the article.
 

Winn Adams (178)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 6:25 pm
Thanks
 

Marilyn G. (3)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 8:42 pm
I think that shutting down the Government is super stressful. Drug companies may be behind all this!
 

Cathe Franklin-Romano (52)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 11:13 pm
In the US Sixty-five percent of all those with Alzheimer's are women. Sixty percent of caregivers for persons with Alzheimer's are women. That's 3.3 million American women with Alzheimer's and another 6.7 million women providing care for a friend or loved one. Per the Shriver Report: http://www.alz.org/shriverreport/overview.html
◾10 million women either have Alzheimer's or are caring for someone with it.
◾Women constitute about two-thirds of those who suffer from Alzheimer's and also about 60 percent of the caregivers for those who have it.
◾A third of women caregivers are caring 24/7 for a person with Alzheimer's. Nearly 40 percent say they had no choice in becoming a caregiver.
◾The societal impact of Alzheimer's disease—on government, families and business—totals about $300 billion per year.
◾Almost two-thirds of all working caregivers report having to go to work late, leave early or take time off to provide care. Yet they get less support for elder care than they do for child care. So it's not surprising that nearly half of all women caregivers report high emotional and physical stress.
 

june t. (62)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 11:29 pm
this is not good news, as stress in life is hard to avoid entirely.
 

Wendy G. (53)
Friday October 4, 2013, 12:25 am
There are so many 'issues' that they say stress causes these days; I guess it's easy just to blame everything on 'stress'.
 

Karen Chestney (95)
Friday October 4, 2013, 1:28 am
Thanks for this article. Very interesting study. Our odd nemesis "Stress" !!!
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday October 4, 2013, 4:48 am
noted
 

Kathleen R. (130)
Friday October 4, 2013, 8:42 am
noted & read
 

Caili W. (39)
Friday October 4, 2013, 8:44 am
Yikes. Thanks for sharing! Noted.
 

Dale O. (177)
Friday October 4, 2013, 8:48 pm
Stress is often linked to contributing to various diseases so it would not surprise me - today's modern society is often stressful, but even in less modern society if one lived with an abusive partner one can imagine the stress levels there as well.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 4:29 am
What middle-aged woman doesn't have stress of one sort or another?
 

Aileen P. (29)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 8:00 am
I agree with Lindsay Kemp.
 

Nimue P. (195)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 4:08 am
So just women and not blokes? Further proof that god (if there is one) must be a man. Not fair, I say.
 

Sheri J. (16)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 7:50 pm
that's why it's important to spend time in nature to help reduce stress and uplift you. find a park where you are drawn to and go there regularly.
 

Sheri J. (16)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 7:50 pm
there's a saying that "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger".
 

Sheri J. (16)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 7:53 pm
If you are caring for a person with Alzehimer's or Dementia, it's benefitcial to take them to adult daycare. Medicaid helps fund for this program. Check with your loved one's medicaid.
 

Teresa Garcia (39)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 5:25 pm
Yes, it is hard; but you have to take one step at a time...
 
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