The WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s Network (WA2) is the powerful, united voice of women who bear the major burden of the Alzheimer’s crisis. We arm women with the information and easy-to-use connections needed to be heard in Washington, in state capitals, and to communicate with industry leaders and the research community. Our goal is to facilitate a network of women who inspire and learn from each other and to steer the energy of women towards advocacy efforts that advance our national commitment to ending Alzheimer’s.
The WomenAgainstAlzheimer's Network is part of the USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network organization which has a bold attitude and agile operating model driven by results. We are mad as hell about the current sluggish ‘business as usual’ pace of Alzheimer’s progress and we intend to be a disruptive force against the status quo. Our theory of change is rooted in the strong belief that we, the American people, can create the national will to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s. We will do this by pressuring our political, business and scientific leaders to mobilize the necessary resources and system reforms to accelerate laboratory discoveries to those with Alzheimer’s or at risk for the disease in the future.
WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s harnesses the power and creative energy of women - the disease's disproportionate victims, as patients and caregivers – to create a new approach to finding a cure and build a movement that commits our nation to a bold and aggressive plan for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Challenge policymakers and the research community to move away from business as usual to collaborate, to innovate, and to forge ahead in new and previously unforeseen ways to reach for a cure.
- Spotlight the unfair impact of Alzheimer’s on women – as patients, caregivers, children and grandchildren – and the urgent need for a new approach.
- Spark a movement of engaged and enraged women who are no longer willing to sit back and wait but are called to action by a disease likely to impact more than eight million people in the next decade, more than 60% of whom are women.
- Marshall an army of women advocates in Washington and state capitals, and throughout industry and the research community.
- Educate lawmakers and the general public about the prevalence of the disease, its particularly cruel burden on women, and the resulting costs to our society.
WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s will sound the alarm about Alzheimer’s disease as the greatest threat to women’s health and financial security in the 21st century and will generate a level of awareness, energy and research that will lead to the treatment and prevention of the disease. We aspire to create a bold women’s disease movement that lifts this issue as far and fast as the battles against AIDS and the struggle for rights for the disabled. In the case of Alzheimer’s, 20 years is far too long given the looming growth of the disease and its terrible costs.
We need to act now with urgency, creativity and commitment to prevent Alzheimer’s from devastating the lives of exponentially more families.
Statement of Beliefs
We are unified by a simple but bold belief: it is possible to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease within the decade, but only if our nation is united and mobilized for action and has a clear goal and plan.
- Set an aggressive goal of and plan for curing Alzheimer’s disease by 2025, because it will focus the energies of the nation;
- Mobilize significant resources for Alzheimer’s disease research and innovation, because our commitment to cures must match the scale of the challenge;
- Institute reforms to accelerate the drug pipeline and deliver therapies in a timely, affordable and convenient manner to those with or at risk for the disease, because the ultimate goal of research is to bring help to those affected, and to prevent the disease from afflicting future generations.