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.