Maria Shriver testified on Alzheimer’s disease before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging on Wednesday, March 29.
Shriver, whose father passed away from the disease in 2011, has become one of the nation’s premiere advocates for Alzheimer’s research and the future of America’s brains. As the founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, Shriver urged the senators to support more federal funding for Alzheimer’s research and warned that proposed funding cuts to the National Institutes of Health could harm the progress that’s been made.
“We cannot afford to stall research and delay this important lifesaving work,” said Shriver, who noted that she’s determined to see a cure for the disease in the next 5 to 10 years.
“I’m going to be back here if we don’t get funding and we don’t get a cure,” she added.
Shriver also shared her family’s personal journey with the disease and spoke about the struggle millions of American families face having to care for someone with Alzheimer’s.
“Nearly everyone knows someone or has been personally impacted by Alzheimer’s,” she said. “That is why I choose to speak up about this — for my father and for the millions of Americans currently struggling through this disease. I call on you to continue to make Alzheimer’s the national priority it needs to be.”
Shriver also spoke to the importance of living a brain-healthy lifestyle and promoting the positive effects of those choices. On June 4, Shriver and Equinox Sports Clubs will host their second annual Move For Minds event, which is a day of exercise, education and engagement that encourages people to better understand the connection between the brain and body. The event will be held in eight cities across the U.S. Register on MoveForMinds.org.