Let’s Wipe Out Alzheimer’s: Get Educated, Get Empowered [Excellent Interview With Maria Shriver via CNN]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Shriver at the opening ceremonies (photo credit: Rose Broyles)

Maria Shriver at the opening ceremonies (photo credit: Rose Broyles)

 

 

 

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CNN recently interviewed Maria Shriver on “How Women can wipe out Alzheimer’s.”

Maria Shriver has been in the forefront on finding a cure for alzheimer’s in the last decade. She lost her father on this terrible disease called Alzheimer’s, a growing plague in the US.

Likewise, I have lost two special women in my life on this terrifying brain disease; my beloved mom in 2011, and my mother-in-law in 2014.

I, too, believe that to find a cure, we must all get engaged, get educated and be empowered to instigate change.  It is the only way to bring a universal awareness and to find a cure on this deadly brain disease.

As Maria Shriver stated on her interview with CNN dated March 13, 2015:

“Today nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s are women — that’s more than 3.2 million women. And more than 60% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia are women, with many having to reduce their own workload or even drop out of the workforce altogether to care for loved ones.

Women are the epicenter of this crisis, which is why I believe they also have to be the solution. So, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and so many inspiring women already working on the front lines to fight this disease, we have launched the Wipe Out Alzheimer’s Challenge, a multi-pronged campaign powered by women’s brains.

Our mission is to enlist women of all ages to get educated, engaged and empowered to instigate change. Women around the country will go out and raise the alarm, raise awareness, raise the stakes and raise millions of dollars to fund serious research into women’s brains. And there’s so much research to do and so many questions to answer. Why is the incidence of Alzheimer’s higher for women? Nobody knows. And why is it that women in their 60s are so much more likely to get Alzheimer’s than breast cancer? Nobody knows. What’s the exact role of estrogen? We don’t know. Is there an Alzheimer’s connection with depression or with diabetes? What about genetics? What can be done during the 20 or so years when the disease develops, before a woman even becomes symptomatic? What’s the impact of diet, stress level, exercise, sleep and cardiovascular condition? It’s time to find out.

We have to fund this research, because for some reason it’s not a priority for the government. In 2015, Washington will spend an estimated $6 billion on cancer research and $3 billion on HIV/AIDS research, but only $586 million on Alzheimer’s. Yet, as the Alzheimer’s Association tells us, “the costs to all payers for the care of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will total an estimated $226 billion, with Medicare and Medicaid paying 68 percent of the costs.”

***Read the rest of this interview on “How Women can wipe out Alzheimer’s” via CNN***

Donate To: Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. As the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association is committed to accelerating progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. It was also the beneficiary of Maria Shriver’s March on Alzheimer’s in October 2010.

[Rose Broyles & Josie Kopecky were there at “The March On Alzheimer’s” at Long Beach, CA, October 24,2010]

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First Lady Maria Shriver & Governor Schwarzenegger on stage with Jane Fonda, Sally Field & others at the opening ceremony of Maria Shriver's March on Alzheimer's-March-10-24-2010

photo credit: Rose Broyles- Luminare Studios

photo credit: Rose Broyles- Luminare Studios

Candlelight vigil - Maria's March on Alzheimer's

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