Medical Centers of Excellence

The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM) Prevention Center at Cleveland Clinic Nevada in Las Vegas is dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease prevention and research for women and gender-diverse individuals, with a focus on providing support for care partners. Spearheaded by WAM Founder Maria Shriver, it stands as the inaugural center of its kind in the U.S.

While the precise reasons behind the increased risk for women and gender-diverse individuals remain elusive, certain factors such as menopause, depression, physical inactivity, genetic predispositions, diabetes, and life stressors like discrimination have been identified. The center acknowledges the time constraints faced by individuals aged 30 to 60, the pivotal period for preventive care, and tailors its services to address their specific needs and challenges.

Studies suggest that up to 40% of Alzheimer’s cases are preventable through lifestyle modifications such as dietary adjustments and increased physical activity. While complete prevention may not be achievable, the center endeavors to educate individuals about their risks and empower them to mitigate modifiable factors.

For women and gender-diverse individuals aged 30 to 60 with a family history or genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s, the center offers personalized risk assessments and guidance on preventive measures. Its healthcare providers are well-versed in Alzheimer’s disease management and offer tailored lifestyle recommendations, complemented by optional diet and exercise resources.

Established in 2020 through philanthropic support, the center conducts groundbreaking research alongside providing clinical services. Its ultimate objective is to expand its reach within Nevada and potentially extend services to other Cleveland Clinic locations, catering to individuals aged 60 and above, with the overarching aim of preventing Alzheimer’s disease for generations to come.