Ann Romney and Maria Shriver Team Up to Fight Alzheimer’s

They're hosting an event at Equinox this weekend.

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Ann Romney at Move for Minds/Photo by Mike Diskin

For the second year in a row, Maria Shriver, Ann Romney, and Equinox are making a dent in the fight against women’s Alzheimer’s.

More than two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients are women. And though research is ongoing, nobody is sure why that is. That’s where Shriver, Romney, and Equinox come in.

Shriver is hosting Move for Minds in eight Equinox locations across the country. The multi-disciplinary event benefits her Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, which is dedicated to discovering why the neurodegenerative disease disproportionately burdens women.

Romney, who founded the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will emcee in Boston. Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker is also an honorary guest.

Move for Minds will take place June 4 at Equinox Avery Street. The day’s schedule includes:

  • Focus and Reboot, a science-based fitness class that was developed by Equinox specifically for Move for Minds. In addition to a physical workout, it promises to spark neural activity in the brain.
  • A panel moderated by Still Alice author Lisa Genova. Panelists include Alzheimer’s researchers Nancy Emerson Lombardo and Reisa Sperling, journalist Ellen Goodman, yoga instructor and mindfulness expert Rebecca Pacheco, and sleep expert Nancy Rothstein.
  • A healthy marketplace.
  • The chance for Alzheimer’s caregivers to win a respite care grant from Home Care Assistance.

All participants are encouraged to raise at least $250, all of which goes to the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. To register for Move for Minds, click here.

$250+ donation, 6/4, 10 a.m. Equinox, 4 Avery St., Boston,