Alzheimer's in Women
BPW Canada recognizes that Alzheimer's is an important health issue for women.
Everyone knows someone who is touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. But did you know that women are doubly affected?
Women represent 72 percent of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease. They live longer than men and age is a significant risk factor. That’s why there are more women with this disease. But that’s not all. Women also make up 70 percent of family caregivers, eventually providing 24/7 care to a parent, partner or relative living with a form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
There is help and support but the first step is to recognize Alzheimer’s warning signs which are often misunderstood or ignored. Watch for changes in behaviour and personality that are out of character in addition to memory loss and difficulty with reasoning, thinking or judgment.
The Alzheimer Society is asking all women to take a moment to learn the 10 warning signs.
Visit their slideshow and share it with your colleagues, friends and families.
The number of Canadians with dementia is expected to increase from 747,000 today, to 1.4 million in less than 20 years and we have yet to find a cure. By rallying around this disease, we can help reduce its stigma and make life better for all those touched by it.
Click HERE to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias or to find an Alzheimer Society near you.
Women have the power and passion to spark change. By rallying around this disease, we can raise more awareness about dementia and help each other take care of our most valuable possession – our brains.
Health Committee Chair – Vicky Kotab of BPW Sudbury
Vicky is also our representative to the BPWI Health Standing Committee. She is the Clinical Assistant/Public Relations at the Women's Centre for Well-being in Sudbury, Ontario.
"As the North American Wellness Expert for BPWI, I am driven to supporting and educating professional women on their holistic wellness journey of striving to achieve a higher level of optimal wellness. I am committed to developing programs and teaching women natural ways to improve their state of health and well-being so that they can make life long lifestyle changes for the better."
Click here to read the BPWI Health Committee Action Plan 2008-11 (pdf)
Our BPW Canada Health Committee was formed in 2002 because of our International Federation's affiliation with the World Health Organization (WHO). Our consultative status with WHO mandates BPW International as well as BPW Canada and other members to conduct research and develop position statements on health issues that affect working women, and specifically as it relates to their ability to access education and employment.
A key issue for the Health Committee is violence against women and the impact of violence on women in the workplace. BPW Canada has developed a Position Statement on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (see below), and we intend to continue to address this very important issue. We encourage BPW members to let us know of their issues and concerns. Here are some resources that may help clubs in their work on these issues:
- BPW Canada Position Statement: Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (pdf)
- BPW Canada Position Statement: The Emerging Crystal Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth) Epidemic in Canada, 2006 (pdf)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Passed 2005 BPWI Congress, Lucerne, Switzerland (pdf)
- BPW Canada Health Committee Report: By Elaine Elliott and Darlene Cleven, 2005-06 (pdf)
Once resolutions are passed or position statements developed, BPW Canada communicates with the appropriate federal ministry to share our information and make our concerns known.
Current Health Issues - Research & General Information
Stress reduction in the Workplace. By Vicky Kotab. Vicky provides a few natural stress reduction techniques you can use to give yourself a mini-break throughout your work day. (pdf)
AIDS leading cause of death globally in women of reproductive age
In a landmark report on the health of women and girls across the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that AIDS-related illness is the leading cause of death and disease among women of reproductive age in low and middle income countries, particularly in Africa. Also, globally, unsafe sex is the single leading risk factor contributing to deaths among women of reproductive age. These findings support the contention in Women and Health: Today’s Evidence, Tomorrow’s Agenda that in a multiplicity of areas female health is neglected and must now be considered an urgent priority. Click here to download the report.
BPW International is supporting Global Consortium of Women to End Cervical Cancer. After our Congress in Mexico City, many of our members already start signing this petition to support Global Consortium of Women to End Cervical Cancer. If you have not done so, kindly click here and sign your name too.
Economic Impact of Children in Care with FASD: Phase I, Cost of Children in Care with FASD in Manitoba. Prepared by Don Fuchs, University of Manitoba et al, August 2008 (pdf)
Time to Bridge the Gender Gap on Heart Attacks
New research shows that, compared to a man, a woman's risk of dying following a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke is higher, women are less likely to be treated by a specialist, are less likely to be transferred to another facility for treatment, and less likely to undergo cardiac catheterization or revasculation. "There has been some progress in closing the gender gap," says Dr. Beth Abramson, cardiologist and spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, "but when it comes to Canada's leading cause of death, there are women who may be under-served on the front lines compared to men." For the full story, Click Here.
Who Cares and How Much? The Imputed Economic Contribution to the Canadian Healthcare System of Middle-Aged and Older Unpaid Caregivers Providing Care to The Elderly
In this study, published by The Journal of Healthcare Quarterly (Vol. 12 No. 2 2009), a conservative estimate of the contribution made by unpaid caregivers in 2009 was found to be $25 billion. The lead authors of the study were Dr. Marcus Hollander, a health policy researcher and Neena Chappel of the University of Victoria.