When California’s First Lady calls your office for an appointment, you take it. Maria Shriver started calling the big “aging” research institutes - UC San Francisco, Buck, UC San Diego - because she kept hearing stories about “my mom has Alzheimer’s.” Maria got a bug in her head – “This is affecting women more!”
The clinical researchers told her, “it’s because women live longer.” “Nooooo” Maria said, “there’s something here. Look at the data.” Maria persisted. A fresh look at the data revealed Maria was right.
Even adjusted for age, women get Alzheimer’s at much higher rates than men. Why? This is the next step of research. [Oh, and no surprise, the research all focused on Men’s Brains.]
Maria founded The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement
to steer money towards studying women’s brains. She also launched Move for Minds, because vigorous exercise is the one thing known to help prevent Alzheimer’s.
Thank you everyone who donated to my small campaign to raise money for The Women’s Alzheimer’s movement, together we raised $624.