Womens Alzheimers Movement
Maria Shriver and The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement build on a powerful legacy of working to defeat this mind-blowing disease.
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What began as an unthinkable diagnosis of Maria’s father, Sargent Shriver in 2003, soon became a bestselling children’s book, “Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?” to help families explain this tragic loss to its youngest members. Soon after, Maria worked together with HBO to executive produce the Emmy award winning series “The Alzheimer’s Project”. In 2009, Maria testified in front of the Senate Committee on Aging alongside Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Newt Gingrich and helped pass the Alzheimer’s Project Plan. Then 2010, Maria produced The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. This Report reported for the first time the disproportionate impact Alzheimer’s disease has on women’s brains and women as caregivers. It was a game changer in how we understood the disease and those in impacted. Later that year, thousands of women joined Maria for her March to End Alzheimer’s in California. Maria Shriver and The Shriver Report inspired the Alzheimer’s Association to create the first-of-its-kind Women’s Alzheimer’s Research Fund where 100% of the proceeds support women’s brain research.