Did you know that every 66 seconds a brain develops Alzheimer’s disease? Maria Shriver has made it her mission to find out why this happens, ever since her father, Sargent Shriver, was diagnosed with this disease 13 years ago. As the founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, Shriver has dedicated herself to research in the hopes that a cure will one day be found.
Over the course of her participation in the movement, she discovered that 2/3 of all Alzheimer’s patients are actually women. When she took these figures to the leading scientists, she was shocked to discover that nobody was looking into the gender factor when it comes to this disease. With her help, there is now a 10 million dollar grant to help research this link and find out what is causing it.
While no set cause has been found just yet, scientists have discovered that hormones may be involved. One reason why women may be more at risk than men is because of a drop in estrogen after they go through menopause. Research has shown that a healthy level of estrogen can lower beta-amyloid plaques which are protein fragments that often build up between neurons in patients with Alzheimer’s.
Along with hormones playing a role, other factors like stress levels, sleep, and socializing have a distinct yet different impact on men versus women. A new study has found that these three components impact women more significantly, which is why it is so important to lower stress levels, sleep an adequate amount on a regular basis, and increase social activity as we get older.
Whether your loved one has been impacted by this disease or you just want to have a hand in the cure, now is the time to take action. Since someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds, donations ranging from 66 cents to 666 dollars and everything in between are always welcome. Find more information about Maria’s movement and help fight Alzheimer’s by visiting The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement today.