I IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT ALZHEIMER’S.
I challenge the belief that there is nothing we can do to prevent, reverse or cure it.
I challenge the belief that it affects men and women the same. Two-thirds of the brains affected by Alzheimer’s belong to women. I’m determined to find out why; that’s why I’m raising money and awareness about women-based research.
I will do everything I can to fight this disease, and I will never stop fighting until it’s defeated.
Here are some of the things I am currently working on, and work I’ve done in the past, to reach my mission of defeating Alzheimer’s.
SAVING YOUR MIND IS MY MISSION.
Maria Shriver’s The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement recognizes that women are at the epicenter of the global Alzheimer’s epidemic and it challenges organizations to do cutting-edge research on women’s brains to defeat this mind-blowing disease.
Research partners include:
- The Alzheimer’s Association
- Cure Alzheimer’s Fund
- Lou Ruvo Center at the Cleveland Clinic
- Ann Romney Center for Neurological Disease at Brigham & Woman’s Hospital
- Roberta Brinton, M.D.
Move for Minds™ is The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement’s annual event that focuses on the mind/body connection and raises funds to wipe out Alzheimer’s. Held in eight cities across the U.S. in 2017 in partnership with Equinox Sports Clubs, the event featured a specially designed brain-body workout, a healthy marketplace with brain healthy snacks, and a panel conversation featuring superstars of brain research, fitness, nutrition and more.
MARIA’S ALZHEIMER’S LEGACY
Maria Shriver testified on Alzheimer’s disease before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging on Wednesday, March 29. As the founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, Shriver urged the senators to support more federal funding for Alzheimer’s research and protect funding of the National Institutes of Health. Watch her testimony here.
The Alzheimer’s Association awarded Maria Shriver with its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award on March 28, 2017, for her 14 years of journalism, activism and testimony on behalf of Alzheimer’s research and the future of America’s brains.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Part the Cloud Luncheon, which raises money to fund Alzheimer’s research, honored Maria Shriver with the Silver Lining Award in February 2017 for her commitment to end Alzheimer’s.
The February 2016 WebMD-Shriver Report Snapshot: Insight into Alzheimer’s Attitudes and Behaviors is a comprehensive look at our conflicted feelings about the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented or cured. The survey found that most people do not understand who is at greatest risk for diagnosis with just one-third correctly reporting that Alzheimer’s afflicts more women than men, or that the disease more often strikes African-Americans and Hispanics than whites.
Despite a majority of respondents (78%) who said they know or have known someone with Alzheimer’s and nearly 1 in 5 (18%) who have cared for someone with Alzheimer’s, many acknowledged that they have not taken steps to assess their own risk of getting the disease or to prepare for the financial implications of becoming a caregiver.
MARIA SHRIVER RECEIVES THE FIRST-EVER ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION’S WOMEN’S INITIATIVE LEADERSHIP AWARD:
Maria Shriver received the first ever Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative Leadership Award at the sold-out annual ‘Your Brain Matters’ Luncheon in Santa Barbara, CA in November 2015. She spoke to the audience of 700 people about her mission to defeat Alzheimer’s and her own experience with the disease.
“We are facing a national epidemic that has put women’s brains at risk and I believe that it will be women’s brains who will turn the tide,” she said. Read more from her speech here.
The groundbreaking and award-winning The Shriver Report — Special Edition: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s examines the expected impact of the disease on the nation’s economy and society. As our 78 million baby boomers move into their mid-60s, we must make Alzheimer’s a national issue, a national priority. The report mines conclusions from an enormous and eye-opening national survey, the Alzheimer’s Association Women and Alzheimer’s poll.
Included in the report are searingly honest essays – some by public figures, some by everyday Americans – all sharing personal struggles with the disease as patients, caregivers and family members. We hear from women who actually have early-onset Alzheimer’s, from teen caregivers, and from men performing hands-on care at home for mothers and wives with advanced Alzheimer’s.
Essayists including Barbra Streisand, former First Lady Laura Bush, Patti (Reagan) Davis, football great Terrell Owens, Senator Barbara Mikulski, broadcasters Chris Matthews and Terry Moran and actress Soleil Moon Frye share deeply personal experiences with the disease in their families. And former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Dr. Mehmet Oz and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talk about how the country is dealing with the Alzheimer’s epidemic, the caregiving crisis, and where we go from here.
Reissued in a paperback version by Simon & Schuster due to public demand, as Alzheimer’s in America: The Shriver Report on Women and Alzheimer’s.
Maria Shriver also testified in front of the Senate Committee on Aging in 2009 alongside Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Newt Gingrich and helped pass the Alzheimer’s Project Plan. Watch the video of her address here.
Executive produced by Maria Shriver alongside HBO’s Sheila Nevins, this Emmy award-winning, four-part documentary series on HBO, The Alzheimer’s Project, takes a close look at groundbreaking discoveries being made by the country’s leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating and fatal disease both on those with Alzheimer’s and on their families. One of the films in the series, Grandpa, Do you Know Who I Am? was based on Shriver’s best-selling children’s book of the same name. It was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for exemplifying “television with a conscience.”
Executive produced by Maria Shriver, Academy Award-winning film Still Alice, is based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Lisa Genova. The story centers on Alice Howland, who is happily married with three grown children and a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested. Alice’s struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth & Hunter Parish.
Maria Shriver’s March on Alzheimer’s, a 5K march and candlelight vigil, was held Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, in Long Beach, California. Thousands of women joined Maria, and the effort raised more than $276,000 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the pillars of the society I want to live in. The society I want to work in. The society I want to grow old in.
Love, as I wrote last week, is the guiding principle of that society. There are several other principles as well, which I’ll get to over the next few weeks. But today, on Father’s Day, I want to focus on the concept of kindness.
Kindness, I believe, is one of the most important qualities that we can have. It’s what can lead us out of our current atmosphere, which is anything but kind.
We rarely recognize kindness as a form of strength, but it is. It takes strength to lead your life from a place of kindness — whether you are leading as a father, an elected official, a teacher, a CEO, or as someone in some other role.
Being kind starts with being kind to yourself. You know that inner voice that so often berates you and everyone around you? That voice that tells you that you’re not working hard enough? That you’re not keeping up? That says, ‘Who do you think you are’? Well, when that voice finishes berating you, it comes out of your mouth and reaches everyone around you.read more
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Maria Shriver and Author & CEO Sam Polk