Health: Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement

“Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s crisis. That’s why we must be at the heart of the solution.”

Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement focuses on four areas: Research, Education, Prevention,

Those are the words of Maria Shriver, perhaps the most recognizable name in Alzheimer’s disease advocacy.

Like so many others who find strength in activism, Shriver’s motivation was intensely personal: Her father, Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., died in 2011 at the age of 95 after an eight-year decline due to Alzheimer’s.

Shriver, an acclaimed journalist, immersed herself in learning all she could about the mind-robbing disease. She discovered something curious and frightening.

Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia disproportionately affect women as both patient and caregiver. Of the more than 6 million Americans who have been diagnosed, 4 million are women. Of the caregivers who devote more than 40 hours a week taking care of an Alzheimer’s patient, 73 percent are women.

For Shriver, that realization came with action. She founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to find out why Alzheimer’s targets women.

“I will do everything I can to fight this disease, and I will never stop fighting until it’s defeated,” Shriver says.

Join the movement, make donations and learn about the disease at

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