Brighten the Holidays for a Special Senior!

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Friends, if you’re looking for a way to brighten the holidays for a senior, please consider purchasing a gift for a National Church Residences resident. For some, this might be the only gift they receive this Christmas.

The process is very easy; just click the link below and you’ll be taken to a special Target registry. Select a gift that speaks to you, and when you check out, choose the National Church Residences Foundation address as your shipping address. Target will mail the gift right to the Foundation to be wrapped and distributed! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Click here to shop!  http://www.nationalchurchresidences.org/shop-give-shine

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Veterans and Alzheimer’s Disease

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Did you know that UsAgainstAlzheimer’s recently launched their newest network, VeteransAgaintAlzheimer’s?

Our vets face increased risk factors for Alzheimer’s, including traumatic brain injury, successive concussion syndrome, post-traumatic stress, and depression – all resulting from their service to our country. According to a recent UsA2 paper, older veterans who have suffered TBI are 60% more likely to develop dementia than those who have never experienced a traumatic brain injury.

Consider the fact that 22% of combat wounds suffered in Afghanistan and Iraq were brain injuries. That means our younger veterans face increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease as they grow older. And today, the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs estimates over 750,000 veterans are living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Please take a moment to read this important briefing, Veterans and Alzheimer’s: Meeting the Crisis Head On, to learn more.

You can also click here to add your voice to VeteransAgainstAlzheimer’s, and click here to register for the next Alzheimer’s Talks, on November 14, featuring Dr. David Cifu. Dr. Cifu is a Senior TBI Specialist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and will be discussing the unique risks veterans face, as well as what science is learning about Alzheimer’s from veterans.

 

Think Like a Scientist: Inside Alzheimer’s Disease

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Once or twice in a lifetime, if we’re lucky, we have a chance to meet a real life hero.

Greg O’Brien, author of OnPluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s, is one of those people for me. I had followed his story for years and finally had the privilege of meeting him a few years ago at the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Summit in Washington. Greg’s courage, humor, and willingness to share his story in such an honest and unfiltered way, combined with his journalistic excellence, are beyond inspiring.

Also featured in this short film is Dr. Rudy Tanzi, arguably the leading AD scientist/researcher in the United States. Dr. Tanzi co-discovered all three early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease genes and, as leader of the Alzheimer’s Genome Project, discovered several others. In 2014, he and Dr. Doo Yeon Kim, used Alzheimer’s disease genes to create “Alzheimer’s in a Dish,” effectively taking Alzheimer’s research to a new level.

Please take six minutes to watch this moving short film.