WAM is the preeminent organization focused exclusively on women and Alzheimer’s. WAM was created to answer the question of why two out of every three brains that develop Alzheimer’s belong to women, and why women of color are at even higher risk. In 2010, The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s made news when it reported for the first time that contrary to prevailing opinion, Alzheimer’s did–and does–discriminate against women. This groundbreaking report, a collaboration between WAM Founder, Maria Shriver and the Alzheimer’s Association, opened a new chapter in the Alzheimer’s story, and ever since, WAM has been leading the way when it comes to Alzheimer’s and Women. We work to change the future of Alzheimer’s, one woman at a time.
Our mission is to discover why Alzheimer’s discriminates against women and communities of color and to prepare women and their families for the impact of Alzheimer’s by providing them with information and tools to help prevent the disease.
We envision a future in which Alzheimer’s will no longer destroy the lives of women and their families.
We work to change the future for women and Alzheimer’s by focusing on the four pillars: research, education, advocacy and clinical care.
- We fund critical gender based research to advance our knowledge of how Alzheimer’s affects women.
- We educate the public about Alzheimer’s through summits, national polls, reports and educational guides.
- We advocate at all levels of government for policies, increased funding and other social, political and economic changes that will move the needle on Alzheimer’s.
- We provide on the ground services to give women the medical guidance they need to reduce their risk for developing the disease.