Join the conversation: Maria Shriver answers your questions about Alzheimer’s

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to jump to 13 million in next 35 years. Nearly every one of us has been touched by this disease in some way.

To kick off the series, Maria Shriver hosted a live Google+ hangout on the politics of Alzheimer’s, activism and what can be learned from AIDS activists and more. Other guests included actors Seth Rogen and wife Lauren Miller, Dr. Maria Carrillo and along with Trish and George Vradenburg (founders of USAgainstAlzheimer’s). Watch it here.

On Wednesday, she answered viewer questions about the disease via Twitter. Find a transcript here

Share your stories with us and each other on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ by using the hashtag #AgeofAlzYou can also comment directly here.

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This post was updated Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. ET.