November is fast-approaching, which means National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month is right around the corner. As a precursor to next month, ABC News reports that Maria Shriver has recently released her second report on the needs of the millions of caregivers and patients across the country.
Shriver, who has been experiencing the toll the mental illness can take while caring for father since 2003, examined the effect that Alzheimer's disease has on women, as the condition has more of an impact on them.
"Alzheimer's is a woman's disease that's dramatically changing the way we live as families," Shriver told the news provider.
"Sixty percent of people with Alzheimer's are women, and 60 percent of the caretaking is done by women."
The findings in the report are based off a poll conducted by the Alzheimer's Association which found that 68 percent of caregivers who are women experience emotional stress, and 51 percent suffer from physical stress. The reports also pushes for certain benefits that can help families find long-term care solutions.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, 5.3 million Americans currently have the disease, and it is the seventh-leading cause of death.