Congratulations to Maria Shriver for being selected as Variety’s Entertainment Philanthropist of the Year for her trailblazing Alzheimer’s advocacy!
UCI MIND is honored to partner with Shriver and her organization, the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM), to unravel why 2 out of every 3 people with Alzheimer’s are women. Thanks to Shriver and other local philanthropists, the UCI MIND-WAM Women’s Initiative has now awarded $400,000 to UCI scientists for sex and gender disparities research.
Variety: “So much of my work is about awareness, prevention, funding of research and trying to educate people about something they think they don’t have to worry about until they’re 80,” says Shriver. “And I keep trying to explain that that’s not right. You need to think about your brain when you’re 30, when you’re 35, when you’re 40. You need to think of it as a muscle or an organ. It’s the most valuable resource that you use all the time and you never think about until you’ve lost it — until it’s gone.”