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  • Writer's picturePatti Callahan Henry

Patti partners with women's alzheimer's movement

Updated: Jan 25, 2022

"I want to tell you about a person and a place doing so much good in the world. This is of course what we need. And now I’ve partnered with them to share their story, which is also ours in so many ways."—Patti Callahan Henry

The Favorite Daughter

Patti Callahan Henry

THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER centers around a family that must either come together or fall apart (or both) over an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Not often does an author’s past and a story’s future come together as it does in this book.

My past life (not that kind) was as a pediatric nurse, and my graduate thesis centered on brain injuries. I have long been fascinated by the role memory plays in our lives and as a definition of self.

💜💜💜 When @teresamumu introduced me to the work of WAM (Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement) with @mariashriver

Maria Shriver, I knew I had found a kindred spirit in facing these questions head-on with action. Real action and research.

I’ll be talking so much more about this – but for now – check them out. Check out their brain healthy tips and subscribe to their newsletter. Information is coming in at a rapid pace and they are keeping up! @womensalzmovement

Women's Alzheimer's Movement


Every 65 seconds, a new brain develops Alzheimer’s. Two-thirds of the brains with Alzheimer’s belong to women, and no one knows why that is.

The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement is determined to find out. Founded by Maria Shriver, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness about women’s increased risk for Alzheimer’s and to educating the public — women and men — about lifestyle changes they can make to protect their brain health. Through our annual campaigns and initiatives, we also raise dollars to fund women-based Alzheimer’s research at leading scientific institutions, so that we can better understand this mind-blowing disease and hopefully get closer to a cure. Learn More

What We Do

  • We inform women about their increased risk for Alzheimer’s and empower them to take control of their own cognitive health.

  • We educate the public about the connection between brain health and lifestyle and how choices made today can help prevent losing memories and minds as we age.

  • We influence scientists to conduct women-based research and inspire foundations, philanthropists, and corporations to support it.

  • We raise money to support women-based research through our annual crowd-fundraising initiative, Move for Minds, and other campaigns.

  • We share the stories of families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and partner with organizations to provide caregiver relief grants.

Watch a personal message from Maria Shriver (Founder, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement)

Join the Movement

“Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s crisis. That’s why we must be at the heart of the solution.” – Maria Shriver, Founder

Know the Numbers

  • An estimated 5.8 million Americans today live with Alzheimer’s, a disease that robs memories before taking lives.

  • Alzheimer’s begins to develop in the brain 20-30 years before diagnosis.

  • 2/3 of those diagnosed are women—and no one knows why.

  • 2/3 of Alzheimer’s caregivers are also women, many of who will have to take time off or resign from their jobs.

  • A woman in her 60s is twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the course of her lifetime than breast cancer

  • After 60, a woman has a 1 in 5 chance of developing Alzheimer’s.

  • By 2050, 14 million brains in the U.S. will be living with Alzheimer’s, and millions more family members and friends will suffer alongside those diagnosed.

  • Too few people know these facts until Alzheimer’s strikes. The time to know them is now.



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