Igniting a movement and mobilizing women against Alzheimer’s.

Sign up now to receive our quarterly bulletin and event invites.

About Us

Our vision is to ignite a movement and mobilize women to boldly raise their voices against Alzheimer’s.

Together, we will educate women everywhere about the need to stop Alzheimer’s disease before it impacts our daughters and future generations.

We invite organizations and individuals to join our fight.

As a member of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s unites women across the globe to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Our growing network of women is impatient with the slow progress being made in the Alzheimer’s fight. Driven by our passion, we are committed to ending current “business-as-usual” approaches to funding, research and advocacy, bringing Alzheimer’s out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Because women won’t wait.


We are the first-ever widespread effort to define Alzheimer’s as the twenty-first century’s primary economic justice issue and health crisis for women. We are collaborating with private-sector companies that reach women; advocacy organizations in health, women’s rights, and business; and our highly influential leadership circle of women to disrupt the conversations about this disease. It is time for the issue of Alzheimer’s and women to be part of conversations in our board rooms, in our living rooms, and in our communities. We are fighting for policies that increase Alzheimer’s research funding across the board, with a specific focus on sex-based research, economic justice for patients and the caregivers that support them, improved access to diagnosis and treatment, and greater promotion of brain health initiatives. We distribute white papers, host expert convenings, and direct advocacy with policy makers and private-sector leaders.


  • Public Funding: Multiply the amount of public funding for Alzheimer’s research.
  • Sex-Based Research: Demand that sex-based studies are a research priority.
  • Economic Justice: Overhaul social support, medical, and workplace systems to alleviate the economic injustice of Alzheimer’s.
  • Diagnosis and Treatment: Improve families’ access to diagnosis, treatment, and clinical trials.
  • Brain Health: Promote risk reduction strategies and ideas for living well with Alzheimer’s.

Founding Members

Member Organization
Shawn Taylor UsAgainstAlzheimer's
Freda Lewis-Hall Pfzier
Mary Lenard Giving Voice Initiative
Grace Frisone UsAgainstAlzheimer's
Jamie Tyrone Beating Alzheimer's by Embracing Science
Berna Huebner NCCA
Trish Vradenburg UsAgainstAlzheimer's
Laurie Burrows Grad Civic Leader
Janice Wade-Whitehead Alzheimer's Tennessee, Inc.
Jill Lesser WomenAgainstAlzheimer's
Rita Hortenstine Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders
Alissa Vradenburg WomenAgainstAlzheimer's
Helen Matheny Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute
Sarah Abbott RiALZ/ Blondes vs. Brunettes
Maddy Dychtwald Civic Leader
Bonnie Osher Civic Leader
Lynda Everman WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s, ActivistsAgainstAlzheimer's, ClergyAgainstAlzheimer’s, Alzheimer’s Semipostal Advocate
Alice Watkins Alzheimer's North Carolina
Cecilla Arradaza Brunswick Group
Beth Roberts NBC Universal
Kathy Kendrick DreamWorks
Lesley Solomon Brigham and Women's Hospital
Sandra Chapman University of Texas at Dallas
Sandra Chapman University of Texas at Dallas
Mary O'Connor Civic Leader
Jill Granader Cambridge Information Group
Carol Paris Seay Civic Leader
Kate Zong Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Natalie Disantis Emory University School of Medicine
Sally Rosenfield Cure Alzheimer's Fund
Gail Rosseau NorthShore University HealthSystem
Debbie Hanna Texas Alzheimer's Research and Care Consortium
Deborah Dingell D2 Strategies
Phyllis Barkman Ferrell Eli Lilly
Miller Piggott Alzheimer's of Central America
Billie Rippey Civic Leader
Reisa Sperling Brigham and Women's Hospital
Betty Ann Tanner Civic Leader
Ryan Triplette Eli Lilly
Monica Parker Emory University School of Medicine
Anna Fitch Civic Leader
Mary Sundsmo University of California, San Diego
Neelum Aggarwal Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center
Mary Ann Ragona Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center
Patricia Lombreglia Alzheimer's Disease and Geriatric Nursing Consultant
Betsy Broyles Arnold Caregivers United
Maria Freire Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
Joan Cronan University of Tennessee
Marietta Anthony Women's Health Expert
Molly Arnold Alzheimer's Playbook
Shelia Humberstone Stone Bridge Consulting
Lynn Wood-Harwell Harvard Medical School
Jill Goldstein Harvard Medical School
Dianna Shineman Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation
Olivia Mastry Collective Action Lab; ACT on Alzheimer's
Anna Shadman Johnson and Johnson
Anna Palmer POLITICO
Glenda MacMullin Consumer Electronics Association
Roberta Diaz Brinton University of Southern California
Carol Koby Chorus


Caring.com Caring.com
Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health NPWH

"We are a disruptive coalition of women, joined by our commitment to ending Alzheimer’s, and we won't wait."

Jill Lesser

President, WomenAgainstAlzheimer's

Why Women?


Women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

  • 2/3

    of the 5 million seniors in the United States with Alzheimer’s disease are women.

  • 63%

    of all unpaid Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women.                     

  • 19%

    of women caring for those with Alzheimer’s have had to quit work owing to caregiving duties.

Latest News