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For Release on September 12, 2011:

QC-Area Women Stand Up to Alzheimer’s

October Event Features Leading Alzheimer’s Researcher, Dr. Maria Carrillo.

(Davenport, IA) – Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic: 3.3 million American women have the disease while another 6.7 million women provide care for either a friend or loved one. By mid-century the Alzheimer’s Association estimates a total 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s  — a tsunami affecting women and those they love.

In October, the Quad Cities’ Women’s Connection (WC) organization’s “2011 Women Changing the World” event spotlights Dr. Maria Carrillo of the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Carrillo has devoted her career to creating a world free of Alzheimer’s. She is the Senior Director of Medical and Scientific Relations for the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association, and, in her role, is leading worldwide research initiatives to find new treatments to stop, slow and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

The event is sponsored by Senior Star at Elmore Place, a Davenport senior living community that includes one of the area’s largest memory care communities. As strong supporters of the national Alzheimer’s Association, Senior Star leadership invited Dr. Maria Carrillo to the Quad Cities for this event.

“More women than men have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, in large part, because women live longer than men, and the risk dramatically increases with age,” explains Dr. Carrillo. “Is there a cure? No. Is there hope? Yes.”

Dr. Carrillo authored the chapter in “The Shriver Report: Alzheimer’s in America,” and she heads up the Alzheimer’s Association Research Roundtable, a consortium of scientists from around the world seeking new treatments for the disease. Dr. Carrillo also leads the Alzheimer’s Association’s Worldwide Neuroimaging Initiative, part of a worldwide quest to put an end to Alzheimer’s.

“As Dr. Carrillo illustrates in the Shriver report, there is a compelling connection between Alzheimer’s disease and women who are in the midst of a far-reaching transformation in which they work, raise kids, care for the elderly, along with suffering emotional and physical stress,” says WC Executive Director Colleen Rafferty. “At the event, we invite everyone to learn what’s being done to fight this disease. We’ll also learn the basics of Alzheimer’s and its effects on women; how to recognize the warning signs; its risk factors; the latest on treatments; and the future of prevention, because with progress comes hope.”

“Here in the Quad Cities, we felt compelled to arm people with information to provide courage and hope as families face the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia,” says Senior Star Executive Director Cathy Hughes.

The number of people projected to have Alzheimer’s in Iowa and Illinois is expected to increase up to 18 percent by 2025. Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death, among the top five in America, without a way to prevent, cure over even slow its progression.

Join Women’s Connection for its 2nd Annual “Women Changing the World” event to learn how women and their families can stand up with courage to face Alzheimer’s. The event will be held on Thursday, October 27, 12 p.m.-1:15 p.m., QC Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State St., Bettendorf, IA, $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Register at, or call (309) 631-0167.

About Senior Star:
Senior Star, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a private company founded in 1976 that entered the senior housing business in 1989.  Today, the company has become a nationally recognized industry leader for providing quality and innovative services.  The organization’s portfolio includes 10 retirement communities in six states offering independent, assisted living and memory care options.

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