Maria Shriver and Ann Romney are hosting women’s brain health event on May 21 (The Boston Globe):
“Nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s disease are women. It’s a scary fact, and that’s why Maria Shriver has teamed up with Equinox Sports Club to host “Move for Minds,” an event that aims to raise awareness and money to support research on the disease and women’s brain health. It will take place on May 21 at Equinox locations in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Irvine, Calif., and — of course — Boston…
“The thing I’m particularly excited about is connecting physical health to brain health,” said Shriver, in a telephone interview. “Hopefully next year it will be in 20 cities.” For more information, visit www.thewomensalzheimerschallenge.org.
Know the Numbers
- More than 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.
- By 2050, this number could be as high as 16 million.
- Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease.
- Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
- In her 60s, a woman’s estimated lifetime risk for developing Alzheimer’s is 1 in 6. For breast cancer it is 1 in 11.
- More than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women.
- Source: Alzheimer’s Association
To learn more:
- Dementia rates in the UK significantly lower than forecasted–especially for men–highlighting the protective role of lifestyle and education
- Can you grow your hippocampus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it matters
- To harness neuroplasticity, start with enthusiasm
- The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Brains