Oh my. There I was, just going through articles on the BBC website and I can’t across this.
more women develop depression – and depressed mood has been linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s. Other risk factors affect only women, such as surgical menopause and pregnancy complications like pre-eclampsia, both of which have been linked to cognitive decline in later life.
But wait! There’s more:
Social roles, such as caregiving, also may increase the chance of developing dementia. Some research has shown that being a caregiver is, in itself, a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, says Annemarie Schumacher, a health psychologist. In the UK, some 60-70% of all unpaid caregivers looking after someone with dementia in particular are women.
This is without wondering about any hereditary aspects.
To think I was just looking forward to becoming una gattara in my old age. Maybe I should stock up on prosecco and Aperol.