The Judy Fund welcomes spring.
The Gelfand family and friends (L-R, Lauren Reikes, Spencer Jarrold, Jackie Stearns, Richard Stearns, Todd Gelfand, Doreen Gelfand, Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns) gather at Hilarity for Charity. The Gelfands were delighted to attend in honor of their friends, Lauren Miller Rogen and Seth Rogen, who do so much to advance Alzheimer's research and advocacy.
Dear Family and Friends,

We hope you enjoyed a wonderful Passover or Easter with family and friends. Each year, The Judy Fund eagerly anticipates the return of spring — including the sweet forget-me-nots that always remind us of Judy Gelfand — and the renewed hope this season brings. One important rite of spring for all of us who are committed to the fight against Alzheimer's is the annual release of the Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report. The 2018 report shows that there is much to be concerned about regarding the trajectory of this disease. But with another $414 million increase for Alzheimer's research included in the budget passed by Congress, there is also much for us to be proud of as leaders and advocates.
Lauren Miller Rogen and Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns enjoy time together at Hilarity For Charity.
Hilarity for Charity inspires more than laughter
The Gelfand family turned out in force for Hilarity for Charity in a show of support and admiration for their friends Lauren Miller Rogen and Seth Rogen and all they do in support of Alzheimer's research and advocacy. The inspiring and hilarious variety show was taped in front of a live audience at the Hollywood Palladium and will be streamed in April on Netflix. Learn more.
5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. By 2050 this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million.
New Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report now available
The 2018 Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report reveals sharp increases in Alzheimer's prevalence, deaths and cost of care. New findings from the report show the growing burden of Alzheimer's on people living with the disease, their families and caregivers, as well as society at large. An accompanying special report shows that early and accurate diagnosis could save up to 7.9 trillion in medical and care costs. The report also highlights the financial and personal benefits of early diagnosis. Watch the video.
Congress passes and president signs historic $414 million increase in funding for Alzheimer's research.
Major Alzheimer's and dementia research funding increase signed into law
The $414 million increase for Alzheimer's and dementia research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) marks the third year in a row that the largest federal increase in Alzheimer's research funding has been signed into law. The bill also included Kevin and Avonte's Law, important legislation to protect those who wander. The Alzheimer's Association, the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (AIM), the Association's advocacy arm, and our nationwide network of dedicated advocates have worked tirelessly to grow support in Congress for these two priorities, and this victory couldn't have happened without the combined efforts of The Alzheimer's Association, the Alzheimer's Impact Movement and advocates like you. Learn more.
Two women (and their brains) that The Judy Fund loves and has been inspired by: Sue Herzog and Judy Gelfand.
As with all research, WARI-funded investigations promise to yield discoveries that will inform early detection and diagnosis, treatment and prevention strategies for women and men alike.
Women's Alzheimer's Research Initiative (WARI) investigates Alzheimer's in women
A woman's estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer's at age 65 is 1 in 6 (for men it is 1 in 11), and nearly two-thirds of the more than 5 million Americans already living with the disease are women. This disparity cannot be fully explained by women's relative greater longevity and lower death rates compared to men. The Alzheimer's Association created the Women's Alzheimer's Research Initiative (WARI) to help unlock the mysteries of Alzheimer's disease in women, and thanks to the support of friends like you, The Judy Fund has made a $100,000 annual commitment to this important initiative.
I hope you'll join me in celebrating all that we've accomplished together in the battle against this disease — and that you'll make a gift today to continue the fight.

Happy Spring!

Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Chair, The Judy Fund
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