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As we look back on National Family Caregivers Month and ahead to the holidays, the Alzheimer's Association pays tribute to all NARFE members who have cared for a family member or friend living with the most expensive disease in America. This year, caring for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias cost the United States an estimated $259 billion, including $175 billion paid by Medicare and Medicaid. NARFE members' support of the Alzheimer's Association advances research and advocacy efforts to fight this disease and all that it costs our nation. Thank you, NARFE members, for your continued generous commitment to the cause.
Thank you to the NARFE Walk to End Alzheimer's National Team
The NARFE Walk to End Alzheimer's® National Team raised $62,565 for the Alzheimer's Association this year! Thank you to all NARFE teams that contributed to our success, and congratulations to National Active & Retired Federal Employees 672 in New Braunfels, Texas. NARFE 672 will receive the traveling trophy as the top NARFE fundraising team for 2017. Visit beginning in January to find out how you can start a team to vie for bragging rights to the 2018 trophy.
The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure Act introduced in Congress
The Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (AIM) are proud to support the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act, new bipartisan legislation prioritizing our nation's approach to Alzheimer's disease. The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act would establish Alzheimer's Centers of Excellence in communities around the country to expand and promote the evidence base for effective Alzheimer's interventions, and issue funding to public health departments to increase early detection and diagnosis, reduce risk, prevent avoidable hospitalizations and support the needs of caregivers. Learn more.
Research on Alzheimer's care and support is critically important
Due in part to Alzheimer's Association efforts, Congress has recently provided historic funding increases to the National Institutes of Health for Alzheimer's and dementia research. This funding has enabled studies that explore the creation of quality care standards and efficient methods of delivery. Rob Egge, the Association's chief public policy officer, writes that we can't stop until we know more about how to care for those living with the disease and support their families as effectively as possible. Learn more.
Wilder, power of imagination inspire Alzheimer's awareness
In 2016, the world lost one of its great entertainers, Gene Wilder, to Alzheimer's disease. As Willy Wonka in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," Wilder continues to inspire all of us to believe that anything is possible with the power of imagination — including a world without Alzheimer's. In honor of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in November, the Alzheimer's Association unveiled the Pure Imagination Project, a campaign encouraging people to learn more about the disease and join the fight against it. Learn more.
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