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 gender-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’ve done in the past and what I am currently working on to reach my mission of defeating Alzheimer’s.
Saving your mind and your brain 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
- Dr. Roberta Brinton, M.D.
MOVE FOR MINDS is an experience to move the conversation from one of helpless acceptance about Alzheimer’s to one of empowered awareness about brain/body health.
Held in partnership with Equinox Sports Clubs, MOVE FOR MINDS is an afternoon of information and inspiration for everyone who wants to move the needle forward on Alzheimer’s—personally, professionally or politically.
Maria Shriver and Equinox Sports Clubs launched this groundbreaking event in 2016. The 2017 event will be held on June 4. For more information, go here.
Maria Shriver shared how her father’s diagnosis was a call to action to declare war against Alzheimer’s and she’s now working to show others ways to fight the deadly illness, in the most recent edition of Mediaplanet’s “Fighting Alzheimer’s,” a cross-platform campaign that showcases the innovations in treatments and technology, either on the market or in development, focused on treating Alzheimer’s. The print component was distributed within USA Today. Read the full article here.
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 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.
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 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.