Every 67 seconds a brain develops Alzheimer’s and two thirds of them belong to women.
In her early sixties, a woman is about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than breast cancer over the remainder of her life. This disease does not discriminate by age. Every year more than 200,000 people in their thirties, forties, and fifties will develop early on-set Alzheimer’s. By 2050 16 million brains will have fallen victim.
We have an epidemic on our hands and it is bankrupting our families and our nation. Women are at the heart of this disease and make up a disproportionate number of those diagnosed and their caregivers. Their brains are also behind many of the initiatives working towards a day without Alzheimer’s.
In the coming weeks, I will be joined with some inspirational women to launch Wipe Out Alzheimer’s – a new initiative powered by the brains of informed, inspired and influential women. The initiative will highlight and ignite architects for change who are making strides in the fight to wipe out this staggering disease.
We start now. Will you join me?
Our call to action is clear.
JOIN … A MOVEMENT OF WOMEN
RAISE … MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR RESEARCH
WIPE OUT… ONE STAGGERING DISEASE
LET’S GET A MOVE ON.
Women have the power to change the future of their brains. In addition to igniting the work of inspirational leaders committed to wiping out Alzheimer’s, our initiative encourages you to:
- get INFORMED about what Alzheimer’s disease is, what it is not, who is at risk and how we can change the futures of our brains by staying fit, eating right and reducing stress.
- get INSPIRED by the incredible work already underway by a network of architects for change and use your brain to join them.
- get IGNITED by harnessing the power of support networks, activating brains trusts and joining a national collaboration of educated, engaged and empowered women to raise money.
Knowledge is power and a woman’s brain is her ally in the fight to wipe out Alzheimer’s. We are asking women to arm themselves, and their networks, with the most current information, on:
What Alzheimer’s is and what it is not. Who get’s it and who does not. Why women’s brains are more at risk? What can caregiver’s expect? And, the shocking statistics on this disease.
The most up-to-date markers of cognitive decline and how to speak to your doctor about neck-up exams and other early-detection techniques.
Useful tips and resources to help women make smart decisions today that can affect the future health of her brain including eating right, staying fit and reducing stress.
There is hope. Every woman can be transformed into an architect for change and as a collective we can wipe out Alzheimer’s. We want a movement of women to put their brains to good work and think of ways to raise awareness and raise millions of dollars to ignite research into women’s brains.
This initiative calls on women across the country to create their own caring, conscious communities – or Brain Trusts – to join the movement. I have activated a network of informed, influential, inspirational women, called Maria’s Brain Trust, who are already leading the charge to wipe out Alzheimer’s disease. Their stories and commitments will be at the core of this movement. So will yours. Share why your brain matters and how you are using it to wipe out Alzheimer’s.
The big idea is we believe we can wipe out Alzheimer’s in our lifetime. Together will harness the brainpower of the world’s women.
Our brains can’t wait. Will you join me, and our team of architects for change to save yours?