- Maria Shriver's father was stricken by Alzheimer's, a growing scourge in U.S.
- Women are disproportionately affected as sufferers and caregivers, she says
- Wipe Out Alzheimer's Challenge is launching to fill in for lagging government funding, she says
Maria Shriver is a Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author and an NBC News special anchor. She is the founder of A Woman's Nation and has been a leading Alzheimer's advocate for more than a decade. She also was an executive producer of the Academy Award-winning film "Still Alice." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)I was deeply moved watching Julianne Moore win the Oscar for "Still Alice," a movie I was proud and privileged to be an executive producer on. Julianne gives a harrowing performance as a brilliant 50-year-old college professor who loses her brain and herself to early-onset Alzheimer's disease. This is a huge moment for Julianne -- and a huge moment for all of us who have been trying to focus public attention on this staggering disease.