New survey shows burden of Alzheimer’s disease on working mothers

New survey shows burden of Alzheimer’s disease on working mothers

The results of a new survey released by Working Mother Media highlights the growing number of women serving as a primary caregiver for a family member with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association® acted as a knowledge partner on the survey, “Women and Alzheimer’s disease: The Caregiver’s Crisis,” which reveals the increasing demands on women to balance career, parenthood and caregiving.

  • More than half of caregivers had to adjust their work schedules to accommodate caregiving and 39 percent passed up a promotion.
  • 55 percent of caregivers are not saving for retirement.
  • 65 percent of caregivers have not had a vacation in the past year.

These competing priorities have severe consequences on a woman’s financial, emotional and physical health. Heather Snyder, Ph.D., senior associate director, Medical and Scientific Relations, Alzheimer’s Association, said, “We cannot think of Alzheimer’s as a disease on one person. Every area of a caregiver’s life is affected: her job, her relationships, her children and even her own health.”

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