Today over 5.5 million people in America live with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, yet the only killer in the top 10 with no disease-modifying drugs nor cure. Annually, our federal government spends $200 billion taking care of people with Alzheimer’s disease, but only $650 million researching a cure. Women are the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic. Of the 15.5 million Alzheimer’s caregivers in the United States, women are the disproportionate majority.
Today, Women over 60 are more at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than breast cancer.
AWN Alzheimer’s Project is dedicated to navigating a path to wipe out Alzheimer’s disease by engaging the public in the fight and raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and other important brain health issues.
AWN Alzheimer’s Project will partner with the leading organizations and non-profits in the Alzheimer’s world. Our partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and ‘My Brain Matters’ in a consumer campaign focused on women and why their brains matter. The campaign will ignite one million women to join the brain trust and take action: raise money – raise awareness of the facts of the disease – engage the public in research and become an advocate in their communities.
AWN Alzheimer’s Project works to bring together the Alzheimer’s community to give a face and voice to this disease. Maria Shriver speaks to this community through her many engaging platforms: awomansnation.org, mariashriver.com, shriverreport.org, NBC News, and the various on and off line books, blogs and social networks that she continues to empower.