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The Alzheimer's Association is grateful to friends such as the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), whose support helps drive advances on key fronts of the fight against this disease both around the world and here at home.

The Association has issued a new challenge to scientists to speed the pursuit of innovative approaches to treating Alzheimer's disease, with an additional incentive to the idea with the greatest promise.

At the recent Alzheimer's Association's International Conference® 2016 (AAIC®) in Toronto, Canada, several studies focused on how lifestyle changes may play a role in reducing the risk of cognitive decline and possibly dementia.

And in a major milestone for the millions of Americans living with Alzheimer's, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made it easier for physicians to provide critical care and support services for those living with the disease.

We hope you enjoy reading about these efforts, because your generosity as a NARFE member helps make them all possible. Thank you!
Alzheimer's Association issues $7 million challenge to scientists to speed drug discovery
The Alzheimer's Association, in partnership with a fundraising initiative led by philanthropist Michaela "Mikey" Hoag, announced a new $7 million investment in clinical trials that target brain inflammation as an innovative avenue for Alzheimer's disease therapy. Four cutting-edge studies will each receive $1 million to advance current research to the next stage of clinical trials. A unique, goal-driven competition offers an additional $3 million to the clinical trial that demonstrates the most promise for treating this devastating disease. Learn more.
A healthy lifestyle may be the best way to preserve cognition
Living a healthy, non-smoking, socially active life — plus challenging your brain and learning new things — remains the best way we know now to prevent cognitive decline and possibly dementia, according to several studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2016 (AAIC®), which was held July 24-28 in Toronto, Canada. There are currently no medications that can prevent Alzheimer's or extend the lives of the more than 5 million Americans currently living with the disease, though already approved drugs can reduce symptoms in some people. Learn more.
Monumental advancement in HOPE for Alzheimer's Act
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have made a decision to begin paying for cognitive and functional assessment and care planning for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive impairments even before those central elements of the HOPE for Alzheimer's Act are passed into law. Learn more.
Walk with us in the fight against Alzheimer's
You'll be pleased to know that NARFE is now a proud National Walk Team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®! You can learn more about how to register and get involved in your local Walk (there are over 600 events across the country) by visiting or stopping by the Alzheimer's Association WALK booth at the convention later this month.
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