Women bear the brunt of Alzheimer’s disease. Two-thirds of the more than 6 million patients in the U.S. with the neurodegenerative disease are women, and women also comprise two-thirds of all caregivers to family members and friends with the disease.
In honor of Mother’s Day, American Greetings and the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement at Cleveland Clinic have partnered to encourage the celebration of women everywhere and raise critical research funds in the process. With each $15 donation to research on Alzheimer’s disease in women, donors may send a special Mother’s Day digital greeting card designed by artists at American Greetings. Donors may choose from 20 different cards and customize their greetings with personal photos, messages and more.
One hundred percent of the $15 donation for each card supports research and advocacy work led by the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement at Cleveland Clinic.
“All of us are afraid of getting one of these neurological diseases, and I think one of the best ways to combat fear, to combat helplessness, is to get involved. I learned that from my parents. Don’t just sit there and be afraid. Get involved and be part of the solution,” said Maria Shriver, Founder of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and Strategic Partner for Women’s Health and Alzheimer’s at Cleveland Clinic.
To date, the medical field doesn’t understand why women are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease than men. Research and advocacy efforts focused on finding the answers and changing the course of brain health for women are key to improving and extending lives.
The focus of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement at Cleveland Clinic includes educating people about brain health and disease prevention as well as raising funds for gender-based research into Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions that disproportionately impact women. Changing the future of women’s brain health requires innovative science, education, funding and advocacy to create powerful solutions to the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.
“Every dollar counts and every card sent will make a contribution to the research,” says Shriver.
Individuals may select their Mother’s Day digital greeting cards when making their donation at AmericanGreetings.com/think-moms from May 11–14.