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In the early days of 2017, the Alzheimer's Association has issued several clarion calls to the nation and to the Trump administration regarding the level of commitment needed to fight Alzheimer's disease. We hope this February issue will help NARFE members learn more about our latest efforts to engage elected officials in the fight against Alzheimer's at every level of government. We've also shared a few of the latest Alzheimer's research updates from across the nation and around the world.

Thank you again to NARFE for the partnership you have shown in working toward our vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease.
PBS documentary on Alzheimer's disease delivers urgent wake-up call
The Alzheimer's Association is proud to serve as national partner for the PBS documentary “Alzheimer's: Every Minute Counts,” which premiered Jan. 25. Highlighting the financial and social implications of Alzheimer's, the one-hour program delivered an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by the disease. The Association has a presence in the documentary, including segments featuring our 24/7 Helpline and staff and an interview with Matthew Baumgart, senior director, Public Policy. You can watch the 54-minute program online here or read more.
Congress must act to fight Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in the United States, costing an estimated $236 billion in 2016. In an open letter to Tom Price, the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alzheimer's Association Chief Public Policy Officer Robert Egge discusses the urgent need for the federal government to address the growing public health crisis of Alzheimer's disease. Read more.
Alzheimer's disease researchers clarify role of beguiling protein
Science Daily reports that leading neuroscientists have clarified the role of a controversial immune system protein in Alzheimer's disease, showing it has opposing effects in early and late stages of the disease. Their discovery unites previous studies that left researchers conflicted and showed the protein both exacerbates and ameliorates disease symptoms. The updated model of disease progression also highlights the need to align certain therapies with disease stages when treating the one in nine Americans over 65 living with Alzheimer's. Read more.
More signs Mediterranean diet may boost your brain
HealthDay News reports that the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet may also help preserve brain health of older adults. Researchers in Scotland examined the brain volume of hundreds of older adults over three years and found that people who more closely followed the eating habits common in Mediterranean countries — lots of fruits, vegetables, olive oil and beans — retained more brain volume compared to those who did not. Read more.
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