Maria Shriver is the mother of four; a Peabody-and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer; a six-time New York Times bestselling author; a tireless Alzheimer’s advocate; and an NBC News special anchor. Maria is one of the nation’s leading advocates for families struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. Her father, Sargent Shriver, was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and passed away from it in 2011 at the age of 95. In 2009, Shriver testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging to encourage Congress to make Alzheimer’s a national legislative priority. Shriver’s voice was instrumental in the December 2010 passage of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act.