Women & Dementia

When it comes to dementia, the odds are firmly stacked against women. On all fronts.

For the past decade, dementia has been the biggest killer of women.

Two in three people with dementia are women, while around two thirds of unpaid carers of people with the condition are women.

Yet across medical research women are not equally represented in clinical trials, despite being more likely to experience drug reactions than men.

And it doesn’t stop there. As well as the huge personal toll, women are also facing disparity in the lab as they search for answers. Female researchers working to find a cure for dementia are less likely than men to become senior academics. This means research may be missing vital perspectives that could help address the gender data gap.

This cannot go on. And at Alzheimer's Research UK, we are working to change this reality.

We must do more to understand why women are bearing the brunt of the condition, while also ensuring women are empowered to help find answers to the condition too.

Only then will we be able to save every single person from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

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How you can support us

Donate to make breakthroughs possible

Help us to raise £2 million to fund life-changing dementia research by making a donation. This would be enough to fund all our female early career researchers for a year and support them to become leaders in the dementia research field.

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Take part in dementia research

We need to ensure there is fair representation of men and women in dementia studies. This is critical if we are to deliver life-changing treatments for dementia that will benefit and be safe for all. Help close the gender data gap by signing up to take part in dementia research today.

Discover more about this issue

Find out more about the impact of dementia on women, and the action Alzheimer's Research UK is calling for to change this, by reading our policy report.

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