Maria Shriver On Why Alzheimer’s Is A Woman’s Problem – #497

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Maria Shriver, the mother of four, a Peabody Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, an NBC News special anchor, and the author of seven New York Times bestselling books, joins Dave Asprey to talk about a cause close to her heart.

Maria’s been championing Alzheimer’s awareness for years. She’s been reporting on it, writing about it, fundraising for it, and bringing awareness to Alzheimer’s Disease for 15 years, especially in women.

This started because in 2003 her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and since that time she hasn’t stopped fighting for a cure and has become one of the Nation’s premier Alzheimer’s advocates.

Shriver is also the founder of the nonprofit The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, which is hosting Move for Minds – a month-long initiative this June to educate the public about brain health and raise funds for women-based Alzheimer’s research.

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The Likelihood of Alzheimer’s. Maria Shriver #497

Links/Resources for Maria Shriver

Twitter: @mariashriver
Instagram: @mariashriver
I’ve Been Thinking…: Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life.”

The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement
The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s Association
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month—June
Alzheimer’s Association—My Brain Movement
Move for Minds
National Alzheimer’s Project Act

Show Notes

  • “Alzheimer’s is probably the worst one, because it’s not like you don’t know when your brain starts to go. You feel like, “Oh, why didn’t I remember that? What just happened?” You go through this period of feeling like you’re losing control and you don’t want to do it, and there’s fear, and the fear is more than just fear of dying, it’s fear of being a burden and being out of control and being unaware. If that’s preventable by eating differently, or in the case of exercise just moving your body more, I think getting that message out is one of the most important things you can do just to reduce suffering, both for the people who get Alzheimer’s, but their families and the people who care for them.” -Dave
  • “Throughout the entire month of June, which is Brain Awareness Month, we’re going to be doing classes there. They’re going to be talking about food. Their website, furthermore, is engaged. We’re doing a headstand challenge to turn Alzheimer’s upside down. I’m doing Move For Minds events in four cities where we have brought the rock stars of science and research together to … I’m going to interview them at the end of each class to bring people up-to-date on the latest information. We’re gonna talk about the effects of exercise, meditation, sleep, nutrition, stress, all of the things we now know may contribute to the formation of Alzheimer’s. So, people say like, “Well can you say 100% if I do what you tell me I’m not gonna get Alzheimer’s?” I’m like, “No. There’s no 100% on anything, but I’m telling you it’s the best information that we have today.” Even if we prevent Alzheimer’s a year, two years, three years in a family, that’s gonna save you financially, that’s gonna save you emotionally, that’s gonna save you cognitively.” -Maria


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