Richmond, VA (Sept. 19, 2018) – Genworth Financial announced today that it is hosting the Women’s Alzheimer’s Summit in Richmond, featuring award-winning journalist and renowned Alzheimer’s advocate Maria Shriver. Shriver is founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM), a nonprofit that works to inform women about their increased risk for Alzheimer’s, educates them on how they can take control of their cognitive health, and raises funds for gender-based Alzheimer’s research.
Shriver will facilitate a panel of noted Alzheimer’s experts at the Summit, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Dominion Energy Center, Carpenter Theatre, 600 E Grace St, Richmond. Attendees will be treated to a brain-healthy lunch as well as have an opportunity to talk to representatives from various community resources. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.
Speakers and panelists will include:
- Barb Cole, Alzheimer’s Advocate
- Dr. Lisa Mosconi, PhD, Associate Director Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Director Women’s Brain Initiative at Weill Cornell
- Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD, Harvard-educated physician, keynote speaker and author of three New York Times bestselling books
- Dr. Ayn Welleford, MS, PhD, Associate Professor Virginia Commonwealth University, Gerontologist for Community Voice and Co-Lead of Greater-Richmond Age Wave, a University-Community Collective Impact Initiative
- Nelson Dellis, 4x USA Memory Champion, memory expert, Founder & CEO Climb for Memory.
Every 65 seconds, a new brain in America develops Alzheimer’s and two-thirds of those brains belong to women1. Shriver and the expert panel will discuss recent developments in Alzheimer’s research, as well as lifestyle changes that can improve brain health and possibly prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.
“We are pleased to sponsor Maria Shriver’s visit to Richmond as part of our mission to provide people with insights and solutions that allow them to live on their own terms as they grow older,” said Tom McInerney, Genworth’s President and CEO.
“We see the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s every day on our policyholders and their families, as well as on our own employees’ families,” McInerney said. “Absent a cure, it’s vitally important for people -- women and men -- to educate themselves about the lifestyle changes they can make today that may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s in the future.”
About Maria Shriver
Maria Shriver is a mother of four, an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist and producer, a seven-time New York Times best-selling author, an NBC News Special Anchor and the founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. Shriver is one of the nation’s premier Alzheimer’s advocates, with over 14 years of boots-on-the-ground activism, journalism and personal testimony about the disease and the future of America’s brains. In 2010, her groundbreaking report, “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s,” developed in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, was the first to report that Alzheimer’s disproportionately affects women. Since then, Shriver has worked tirelessly to spread that message to women around the world.
About The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement
The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM), a nonprofit organization founded by Maria Shriver, is committed to finding out why Alzheimer’s discriminates against women. To date, WAM has awarded numerous women-based Alzheimer’s research grants across the country, ignited the creation of research initiatives at major institutions and supported caregivers with respite grants. WAM also works with leading experts and strategic partners to educate the public about the connection between brain health and lifestyle. WAM also is a digital resource for women and for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s to share their stories.
About Genworth Financial
Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) is a Fortune 500 insurance holding company committed to helping families achieve the dream of homeownership and address the financial challenges of aging through its leadership positions in mortgage insurance and long term care insurance. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Genworth traces its roots back to 1871 and became a public company in 2004. For more information, visit genworth.com.
1 Alzheimer’s Association. 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimers Dement 2018;14(3):367-429.