The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement™, founded by Maria Shriver, is a global alliance of individuals, organizations, researchers, foundations, influencers and industry leaders committed to finding out why Alzheimer’s discriminates against women. We believe that by answering the question of why women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s, we will unlock the other mysteries surrounding this mind-blowing disease and that will lead to a cure for all.
What We Do
- We inform women about their increased risk for Alzheimer’s and other dementias and what they can do about it.
- We influence scientists to conduct women-based research and inspire foundations, philanthropists, and corporations to support it.
- We ignite the creation of new women’s Alzheimer’s research funds at institutions and organizations across the country.
- We raise money to support women-based research through our annual crowd-fundraising event, Move for Minds, and other events.
- We partner with leading Alzheimer’s organizations to identify high potential, women-based research projects and award grants to support them.
- We share the stories of families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and partner with organizations to provide caregiver relief grants.
How We Do It
The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement™ leverages all media platforms – live events, broadcast, film, print, digital, and social media – to challenge and engage women, scientists, philanthropists, influencers, industry leaders, and the public at large in the fight to wipe out Alzheimer’s. We provide our growing community with opportunities to get educated, engaged and empowered to participate in live and digital events, to convene with brain health experts and to raise and contribute funds for women-based research.
The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement is built upon a legacy of working on all fronts to wipe out Alzheimer’s disease. What began as an unthinkable diagnosis of Maria Shriver’s father, Sargent Shriver, in 2003 soon became a declaration of war on Alzheimer’s. Maria Shriver is a singular voice with 13-years of boots-on-the-ground activism, journalism, and advocacy about the disease and the future of the world’s brains. Highlights include:
- BESTSELLING CHILDREN’S BOOK: Maria authored the bestselling children’s book “What’s Happening to Grandpa” to help young children understand the disease’s devastating effects.
- HBO “ALZHEIMER”S PROJECT”: Maria executive produced the Emmy award winning, multi-platform series “The Alzheimer’s Project” with HBO. The segment, “Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?” received the Television Academy’s “Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction Program” award. (2009)
- CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY: Maria testified before Congress on Alzheimer’s disease alongside Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, which preceded passage of the groundbreaking National Alzheimer’s Project Act. In 2017, she returned to the Capitol and urged senators to support more federal funding for Alzheimer’s research and protect funding of the National Institutes of Health.
- MARIA SHRIVER’S MARCH TO END ALZHEIMER’S: Maria organized the first ever March to End Alzheimer’s, a multigenerational 5K “march” in Long Beach, CA. The inspiring event raised over $270,000 dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association and served as the kick-off to The Women’s Conference, then the nation’s premier gathering of women. (2010)
- “SHRIVER REPORT: A WOMAN’S NATION TAKES ON ALZHEIMER’S”: In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Maria Shriver released groundbreaking findings and stories that forever changed the narrative of Alzheimer’s disease. It reported for the first time the disproportionate effect Alzheimer’s has on women. (2010)
- TALES OF CAREGIVING: Understanding the power of story telling to create community, Maria built Tales of Alzheimer’s and Caregiving on Mariashriver.com, a vibrant online community for those dealing with Alzheimer’s and looking for a place to share their stories. Today, the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement website serves as a hub for this community and serves as a resource for those looking to learn more about women’s brain health, prevention and caregiving.
- “STILL ALICE” EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Maria executive produced Sony Classic Picture’s Academy Award winning “Still Alice” and used that moment to talk about the misperception that Alzheimer’s is just a disease that affects an aging population. (2014)
- FIRST WOMEN’S ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH FUND: Maria 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. (2015)
- GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF WOMEN: In 2015, Maria launched the Wipe Out Alzheimer’s Challenge, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, challenging a global community of women to get educated, empowered, and engaged in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
- THE WOMEN’S ALZHEIMER’S MOVEMENT: In 2016, the Women’s Alzheimer’s Challenge evolved into a movement focused on the disproportionate impact that Alzheimer’s has on women both as those who suffer from it and those who care for their loved ones with it.
- MOVE FOR MINDS: The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement annual awareness and fundraising campaign began in 2016 in partnership with Equinox Sports Clubs. In 2017, the event grew to 8 cities across America and featured over 60 leading experts discussing cutting-edge research on brain science, exercise, nutrition, sleep, meditation and caregiving. Over 3100 fundraisers joined 20 major corporations in participating in the one-day live event. The event raised over $700,000 for women-based research, and garnered nearly 120 million media impressions.