Food For Your Brain

Feeding your brain doesn’t have to be hard! We’ve collected a days-worth of our favorite brain healthy recipes and put them all in one place. Check in next month for new additions.

Brain Power Smoothie

We love to start the day with an easy-to-make smoothie that not only tastes great but works wonders for the brain. This recipe comes from Gimme Some Oven and we know you’ll love it just as much as us! Get blending with the full recipe here.



Herby Turkey Sliders

This isn’t the first recipe from the Healthy Mind Cookbook that we’ve shared and it isn’t the last (just wait until you get to dessert!). We just couldn’t help ourselves – these sliders work great for lunch and dinner. Make it at night for your lunch tomorrow. Check out the full recipe here.



Cinnamon Walnut Brain Bars

A great snack to make at the beginning of the week, this grab-and-go “brain bar” is full of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. We can always count on Cleveland Clinic to provide tasty recommendations that are great for the brain! Find the full recipe here.



Pan-Seared Salmon with Pear and Walnut Spinach Salad

This recipe from Cooking Light can be put together on the go, in 30 minutes. A perfect way to change up your routine and add in a little Mediterranean flair! Get the full recipe here.



Grown-Up Chocolate Pudding with Raspberries

In the mood for something sweet? This chocolate pudding from The Healthy Mind Cookbook is sure to satisfy any craving. Dark chocolate is good for the brain, so no need to feel bad indulging! Click here for the full recipe.



Have a brain healthy recipe you’d like to share? Send us a note – we’d love to hear from you!

February Updates

As we look back on another powerful celebration of Black History Month and Heart Health Month, we consider the the enormous impact of Alzheimer’s on the African American community and the critical connections between heart and brain health.  We are reflecting on the progress we’ve made and at the same time, we are focusing on the enormous work we have ahead.

Women have played a vital role in bringing the importance of heart health to the public’s attention and on highlighting heart disease’s unique and devastating impact on women. Women advocates and researchers have been able to make clear that certain cardiovascular disease symptoms are unique to women – a critical discovery that has helped save lives and was made possible by the sort of groundbreaking research we have continually supported. Indeed, the Red Dress campaign, led by our partner Woman’s Day Magazine, remains an essential player in promoting women’s heart health on a day-to-day basis.

We also know that African American women are disproportionately affected by both cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. Two thirds of the five million seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease are women, and African Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's as non-Hispanic white Americans. Similarly, the link between race, cardiovascular diseases and Alzheimer’s risk is compelling. Hypertension, diabetes, stroke and coronary artery disease are risk factors for Alzheimer’s, and these chronic conditions are more prevalent in African Americans than other Americans. We believe that health is a universal human right and that the only way to accomplish equality is by first highlighting the struggle that women of color experience when faced with brain and heart health concerns. We are proud to be working with our partner network AfricanAmericansAgainstAlzheimer’s to highlight the disparate impact of the disease and to encourage more people of color to participate in clinical trials – the pathway to a cure.

Monthly Call to Action

February presents an opportunity to reach out to friends and family to shed light on the issues of women’s heart health and racial inequality in healthcare. We urge you to reflect on these important causes within your personal circles, whether via social media posts, email, or in-person conversation. Please see our suggested content below for ideas on how to support Women Against Alzheimer’s.

Sample Facebook Posts

  • “African American women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s Disease: Women make up two-thirds of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and 63 percent of caregivers, while African Americans are two to three times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than non-Hispanic Caucasians. We can’t wait and #WeWontWait to find a cure to AD.
  • “African American population has a unique relationship with health-related issues. They are at a greater risk for developing heart disease AND Alzheimer’s than Caucasian Americans, and we don’t know why. If we ever want to change that, we MUST encourage our friends and family of color to participate in clinical trials

Sample Tweets

  • “Did you know: #Alzheimers has a disproportionate impact on African Americans, who are 2 to 3 times more likely than Caucasians to develop #Alz? #BlackHistoryMonth is the perfect time to educate yourself and get engaged. #stopalz”
  • “Older African-American women are disproportionately at risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Learn what we can do fix these disparities
  • “Happy hearts lead to long, happy lives. And remember: what’s good for your heart is also good for your brain! #WeWontWait @WomenAgstAlz”
  • #Alzheimers brings leaders from both sides of the aisle together like never before. Heed the words of @vradenburg3 in his recent op-ed and help to #stopalz by supporting the bipartisan CHANGE Act. #CHANGEAlznow
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  • #Alzheimers is a disease like none other. It’s the only top 10 killer w/o a cure or effective treatment. Thankfully, representatives from both sides of the aisle have come together to pursue progress and co-sponsor the CHANGE Act. #CHANGEAlznow
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Recent Events

January Update Call – It was a pleasure to share our goals and vision for what is sure to be a busy and exciting year during WA2’s most recent webinar. Our team was joined by Dr. Michael D. Devous, Sr., PhD, Senior Vice President of Imaging Sciences at Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company. Dr. Devous remarked on the importance of imaging biomarkers in Alzheimer’s Disease research and offered keen insights into the challenges of developing a tau imaging agent as a diagnostic tool for patients.

January Alzheimer’s Talks – On Jan. 25, WA2 Executive Director, Brooks Kenny, hosted UsAgainstAlzheimer’s January AlzTalks. She was joined by Dr. Richard Isaacson, Founder of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic, and Karen Segal, caregiver and UsAgainstAlzheimer's board member. The conversation was inspiring, and listeners walked away with a powerful sense of solidarity, as well as important tips on how to lead a brain-healthy lifestyle. The official recording will become available to stream on UsAgainstAlzheimer’s website later this month.

CHANGE Act – On February 7th, a bipartisan group of 15 House and Senate leaders stepped forward to present the Concentrating on High Value Alzheimer’s Needs to Get to an End [CHANGE] Act: a bill crafted to help support the millions of families affected by Alzheimer’s. UsAgainstAlzheimer’s has worked closely with the bill's co-sponsors to conceptualize and develop this legislation and UsA2 Co-founder and Chairman, George Vradenburg, recently authored an op-ed on The Hill elaborating on its importance.

Media Hub: Resources We Love

  • Having trouble coming up with weeknight meals? Check out PeaceHealth’s first-ever, caregiver-made cookbook. It’s full of helpful nutritional advice and healthful, delicious recipes!
  • A must read: In this interview with The Guardian, 61-year-old Wendy Mitchell discusses her extraordinary Alzheimer’s memoir, Somebody I Used to Know 
  • Scott Williams’ TED talk on the importance of unpaid caregivers is a must watch
  • Need a pick-me-up? This heartwarming video has been making the rounds in caregiver communities – a testament to the strength of sisterly love, it’s sure to brighten your day

In the News

  • New research suggests that Alzheimer's is not, in fact, a disease of old age. Scientists suspect the loss of estrogen during menopause is a factor that leaves the brain more vulnerable to aging and Alzheimer’s. #AlzTalks participants Karen Segal and Dr. Richard Isaacson were interviewed for an exclusive story with NY1:"We know one thing for sure, we're never curing my mother, but we might have a chance at curing me. I'd rather be driving the bus than chasing the bus," Segal said.
  • “Anyone who has helped an ailing loved one knows that the job of a caregiver is not easy. When cognitive decline is part of the mix, the job becomes even more challenging.” Researchers and occupational therapy students at University of Buffalo are exploring an important and overlooked topic: support for family caregivers who are similar in age to their loved ones
  • A recent study from Weill Cornell supports the idea that a high-salt diet might be linked to decreased cognitive function. “We discovered that mice fed a high-salt diet developed dementia even when blood pressure did not rise,” said Costantino Iadecola, Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medicine and senior author of the report.

Partner News

  • National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) leads the way in the #metoo movement with the launch of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund. The Defense Fund connects those who experience sexual misconduct, assault, harassment, abuse and related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers with legal and public relations assistance.
  • Last Month, DFA announced the winners and finalists of the Living Well with Dementia Community Photo Contest. The entries to DFA's photo contest deftly showcased the diversity of support for both individuals living with dementia and their caregivers.  From Greenwood Senior Center’s Grand-Prize-winning shot of a woman’s artwork and message of hope, to Penn Memory Center’s artfully framed photograph of intergenerational guests participating in a drum circle, winning images were unique and memorable.
  • The #DataInsecurity Digest is back. Don’t forget to subscribe and keep up with the latest news and events from National Consumers League (NCL).
  • Out and About:  The new year has been a time of profound inspiration at The Flawless Foundation. In the past month alone, Flawless has traveled from the Kennedy Forum in Chicago to Tivity Health’s panel on Aging in Washington, D.C. While visiting Chicago, Flawless was moved by the tribute paid to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to “bend towards justice.” For a powerful dose of hope, read the Foundation’s blog on pursuing mental health justice through love, featuring Michael Phelps, Common, Patrick Kennedy, and more from the Kennedy Forum.

Not Only Did the Alzheimer's Team Receive Highest Honors at the XPRIZE Visioneers Summit...

Dear Partners and Supporters of the We Won’t Wait Campaign,
We are thrilled to announce that the Alzheimer’s team received highest honors at annual XPrize Visioneers Summit.
The Alzheimer’s XPRIZE will harness the power of global crowdsourcing to find a new approach to diagnosing, treating, curing and preventing this disease.

Ken Dychtwald (Founder of AgeWave) and George Vradenburg (Chairman of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and of the GAP Foundation) serve as the co-leads of the Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Team. John Dwyer (President of the GAP Foundation) and Meryl Comer (President of the Geoffrey Beene Foundaton-Alzheimer’s Initiative), both UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2) board members were members of the Alzheimer’s BrainTrust which funded this initiative. And Greg O’Brien, also a UsA2 board member, and Lisa Genova (Harvard-trained neurologist and best-selling author of ‘Still Alice’) played pivotal presentation roles in the Visioneers Summit.
Not only did the Alzheimer’s team receive highest honors, they collected $25 million in the process. 
Ric and Jean Edelman, founders of Edelman Financial Services and founding sponsors of the Alzheimer’s team, proudly announced at the Visioneers Summit their offer to provide $25 million in funding to support the XPRIZE competition focusing on Alzheimer’s. “Jean and I are honored to offer vital funding. We have seen first-hand the devastating impact of this dreadful disease on so many of our firm's clients, and we are thrilled to support the XPRIZE Foundation and the Alzheimer's Visioneers Team so we can finally eradicate Alzheimer’s Disease,” Ric Edelman explained.

Read more about this exciting news online

We are well on our way to finding treatment and a cure for Alzheimer's and would love for you to share in our excitement on social media. Please feel free to use the below tweets and blurb for Twitter, Facebook, and any other social media platform you use! 

  • Thank you @ricedelman for committing $25M to the @XPrize #Alzheimers team. Hard to describe this feeling of gratitude.
  • #Alz team receives highest honors at @XPrize Summit + $25M to pursue innovative research @UsAgainstAlz @vradenburg3
  • #Alzheimers @XPrize team received highest honors + $25M at #VisioneersSummit @UsAgainstAlz @AgeWave @Vradenburg3
  • What would you do with $25 MILLION? The XPRIZE Alzheimer’s team has an idea and it involves innovative global crowdsourcing to predict the progression of Alzheimer's and ultimately prevent the disease. I’m so grateful to Ric and Jean Edelman for their generous contribution to the talented team that received highest honors at this year’s Visioneers Summit.

We can't wait to see what's in store for the all-star team and hope you will continue to follow along on their journey.


All of us at WomenAgainstAlzheimer's

Nurse Practitioners Are Not Regularly Assessing Brain Health And Need Standardized Assessment Tools To Regularly Conduct Critical Brain Health Assessments

Important new survey findings released today by WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH)show that approximately 30 percent of nurse practitioners (NPs) in women’s health do not raise brain health issues with patients, while only 18 percent of nurse practitioners occasionally broach the issues during office visits. In fact, 68 percent of the time, patients are raising brain health issues, rather than the nurse practitioners treating them.

The findings raise needed awareness for enhanced training of nurse practitioners and for the adoption of better tools and protocols that increase brain health assessments during regular care visits, which can aid in the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Often, the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementias is made too late, when patients and their families are already in crisis.

Furthermore, the lack of communication about memory and brain health with patients can prevent participation in potentially game-changing clinical trials, which can advance Alzheimer’s-related science and research. The survey found that just 5% of NPs refer patients to clinical trials.

“Alzheimer’s remains like cancer was in the 1960’s, a disease that strikes fear in patients and practitioners alike,” said Jill Lesser, President of WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s and Chief Strategy Officer of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s. “Without honest, informed screening and diagnosis, we will continue to leave families in crisis and slow progress to a cure. Clinical trials need participants and brain health awareness and assessments will help us get there.”

The survey, Brain Health is Women’s Health, was conducted to understand women’s health providers’ knowledge of and attention to Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as study the advice women are receiving from nurse practitioners, who often represent a patient’s primary access point to the healthcare system. Two-thirds of the 5.5 million Americans who have Alzheimer’s are women, and the survey makes clear that brain health assessments need to be added as central components of “well-woman exams.”

However, because clinicians are not routinely initiating conversations about memory and brain health, many women are not receiving an early diagnosis or the information they need to formulate a care plan.

Other survey findings were striking:

  • 26% of NPs don’t know when to start asking about brain health, despite the fact that changes in brain health can start more than a decade before active symptoms occur.
  • When presented with a memory issue, only 15% of nurse practitioners carry out a diagnostic test and just more than half refer patients to a neurologist.
  • 86% of NPs report not having a standard diagnostic tool.
  • 84% of NPs agreed or strongly agreed that they would benefit from additional resources and training.
  • 45% of NPs report a lack of familiarity with the signs and symptoms of dementia; however, 54% said that they want better knowledge in this area. 

“Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners’ provide holistic healthcare to women, therefore, assessing brain health should be included in the well-woman visit,” said Gay Johnson, CEO of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health. “Quality education and efficient tools are key factors to enhance nurse practitioners’ competence in identifying dementia and providing memory health services to their patients.”

The survey findings helped form the conclusion that further education of dementia signs and symptoms, as well as a standard method to assess brain health, can help nurse practitioners prioritize early diagnosis and help establish a dementia care pathway for people with Alzheimer’s or related dementias and their caregivers.

The survey findings were officially released today during the “Women’s Forum on Alzheimer’s: Breaking Down Barriers to Early Diagnosis” at the Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago.

View the full survey findings here.


WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s, an UsAgainstAlzheimer’s network, unites women across the globe to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Its growing network of women is impatient with the slow progress being made in the Alzheimer’s fight and, driven by our passion, is committed to ending current “business-as usual” approaches to funding, research and advocacy to bring Alzheimer’s out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Because women won’t wait. WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s was founded by Trish Vradenburg, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Co-Founder and Vice-Chair, who passed away in April 2017.

The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health's (NPWH) mission is to ensure the provision of quality primary and specialty healthcare to women of all ages by women's health nurse practitioners and other nurse practitioners who provide health care to women. Our mission includes protecting and promoting a woman's right to make her own choices regarding her health within the context of her personal, religious, cultural, and family beliefs.  NPWH is a trusted source of information on nurse practitioner education, practice, and women's health issues and works with a wide range of individuals and groups within nursing, medicine, the healthcare industry, and the women's health community to advocate for issues vital to women’s wellness and equality.

“A cure for Alzheimer’s: a fantasy, a wish, an impossible dream; the same words that were said to Galileo, Edison, Curie, Salk and whoever dreamed up the internet. Yesterday’s dream is today’s reality.” – Trish Vradenburg, Founder of WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s