Aug. 20, 2013 at 3:00 AM ET
Alzheimer's is a mind-blowing disease. For the person who gets it and for their family and friends. It affects millions and millions of people every day and the numbers are growing by the minute.
That's why I'm so happy that NBC is shining its spotlight on this global epidemic that strikes so many here at home and around the world.
Focusing on those living with the disease gives hope to others and shining a light on those trying to find a cure inspires them to keep going.
This series will change lives. It will focus us all on the importance of this disease and what we can all do now to stop it, and keep us and our loved ones healthy.
Join us for this series and tell us your story. It can impact, inspire, and ignite the nation.
For more of Maria Shriver's work on Alzheimer's, check out:
“What’s Happening to Grandpa” by Maria Shriver
Kate has always adored her grandpa's storytelling -- but lately he's been repeating the same stories again and again. One day, he even forgets Kate's name. Her mother's patient explanations open Kate's eyes to what so many of the elderly must confront: Alzheimer's disease and other forms of memory loss. Determined to support her grandfather, Kate explores ways to help him -- and herself -- cope by creating a photo album of their times together, memories that will remain in their hearts forever.
"The Alzheimer's Project" on HBO
An Emmy award-winning, four-part documentary series on HBO, The Alzheimer’s Project takes a close look at groundbreaking discoveries being made by the country’s leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating and fatal disease both on those with Alzheimer’s and on their families.
The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's demonstrates that women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer's epidemic. According to the Alzheimer's Association Women and Alzheimer's Poll unveiled in the report, women are almost two-thirds of all Americans with Alzheimer's and comprise 60 percent of the unpaid caregivers for family members and friends with Alzheimer's. That means there are 10 million women who either have Alzheimer's or are caring for someone with the disease. The toll Alzheimer's has on individuals and caregivers is further compounded by the financial burden felt by families and the U.S. government.
Alzheimer’s & Caregiving on MariaShriver.com
Read more stories from caregivers around the country and share your own on Maria’s website.