Women Are Twice As Likely To Get Alzheimer’s As Men

Alzheimer’s is not a disease of old age. We tend to associate it with the elderly because that’s when the clinical symptoms become manifest, but in reality, Alzheimer’s begins with negative changes in the brain at least a decade prior. Most often than not, in middle age. Middle age is considered to be 40 to 60 years old.

We know that Alzheimer’s affects more women than men, and we know that Alzheimer’s starts in midlife. What happens to women and not to men, in midlife, that could potentially trigger an Alzheimer’s predisposition, and that could potentially initiate Alzheimer’s? Menopause.

All women experience hormonal changes. For some women, they’re not a big deal. For some women, they range in severity, from mild to severe, and need to be addressed. For some women, they are so severe, that they can actually trigger Alzheimer’s.

Want to know more? Read Exploring the Link Between Menopause and Alzheimer’s.

Join MOXIE and the fight against Alzheimer’s on June 21st, the summer solstice, to make a difference in the fight against this terrible disease. Join us in standing up to the darkness of Alzheimer’s on the day with the most light.

Make a donation or sign your team up on Mind Body. $75 donation required at time of registration.

Teams of 3 will ride for three hours on Friday, June 21st from 8:30 to 11:30. Each team will donate $75 to reserve your bike. All proceeds donated to Alzheimer’s Association.

Refreshments + Giveaways during and after the ride for participants.

MOXIE is currently seeking benefit corporate sponsors and donations, please email contact@moxie-lifestyle.com.


Dr. Lisa Mosconi, PhD, Director of the Women’s Brain Initiative and Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College shows how the brain scans of pre-menopausal women differ from those of women in menopause. Photo: Deborah Copaken

Dr. Mosconi is actively looking for subjects for her study, particularly non-white women in peri-menopause or menopause, but all women between 40 and 60 who are concerned about cognition should feel free to contact the Weill Cornell Women’s Brain Initiative Program

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