Maria Shriver

Welcome to A Woman's Nation. Women are half the work force, raise our children and care for our elderly. Now there's a new pressure on this Woman's Nation: Alzheimer's disease. Maria Shriver and the Alzheimer's Association—the leader in Alzheimer care, support and research—released The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's on Oct. 14 to highlight the epidemic's effect on women as caregivers, advocates and people living with this disease.

The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s demonstrates that women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association Women and Alzheimer’s Poll unveiled in the report, women are almost two-thirds of all Americans with Alzheimer’s and comprise 60 percent of the unpaid caregivers for family members and friends with Alzheimer’s.  That means there are 10 million women who either have Alzheimer’s or are caring for someone with the disease.  The toll Alzheimer’s has on individuals and caregivers is further compounded by the financial burden felt by families and the U.S. government.

This is the second in a series of Shriver Reports examining transformational moments in American culture and society. Last year, Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress published The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything, a landmark study examining how American families live and work today, now that women are half of all the country's primary and co-breadwinners. The report launched a national conversation about the far-reaching consequences of women's shifting roles in society that continues today.

Maria Shriver on Alzheimer’s and Women: Hope Over Fear

Try to remember what you were doing a minute ago.  Got it?  Now wrap your brains around this:  In the past minute, another American developed a fatal disease that will slowly erase the personality and a lifetime of memories.  That person will either die with that disease or from it, because there is no cure.  That disease is Alzheimer’s, and it’s a growing national epidemic.  ...more
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