Alzheimer’s care is difficult on everyone but a new report from Maria Shriver, examines the role of women and their involvement in the care provided to Alzheimer’s patients. “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s” finds that women constitute about two-thirds of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and also about 60 percent of the caregivers affecting nearly 10 million women. The report has narrative from Shriver and other celebrities that have provided care for their loved ones. The core of the report is comprised of medical, sociological, political and economic discussions and analyzes trends backed by a nationwide poll of 3,118 adults, including more than 500 Alzheimer’s caregivers.
"The statistics in this report are shocking," said Shriver. "We have to ask ourselves as a nation if we’re ready for what will happen as this epidemic unfolds. When my father, Sargent Shriver, was diagnosed back in 2003, my mother, four brothers and I all felt we were entering a world that was confusing, dark and depressing. People just didn’t talk about Alzheimer’s when it hit their families. It was a diagnosis shrouded in shame and there was little information and even less hope. It’s time to start talking about Alzheimer’s. It’s time to fight this disease."
The eBook was released on October 19th and portions of the report are available now through the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or ShriverReport.com.