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The Gelfand Family looks forward to everything we'll accomplish together, thanks to your support of The Judy Fund. Pictured here are Marcus McBride, Marshall M. Gelfand and Ilana McBride.
Dear Family and Friends,

I hope you are doing well and that you and your family are staying safe and healthy. We hope that 2022 will be a year of peace and health for you and your family. At The Judy Fund, we rededicate ourselves to the fight against Alzheimer's, a disease that kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. From events to research to advocacy, there are many ways for you to be engaged in the work of The Judy Fund in the year ahead.
Kristen Zuloaga, Ph.D (left) at the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's.
The Judy Fund continues to advance women's Alzheimer's research
Why do more women than men get Alzheimer's disease? According to the 2021 Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, of the more than 6.2 million Americans aged 65 and older with Alzheimer's, nearly two-thirds of these are women. Worldwide, the impact of this disease on women's brains is staggering.

Thanks to your past support, The Judy Fund has supported the best science to understand why women are more susceptible to Alzheimer's disease. We've funded research to find ways to ensure that our mothers', grandmothers' and sisters' experience with this disease is not passed on to our daughters and granddaughters.

One gifted researcher investigating why women are at greater risk for Alzheimer's is Kristen Zuloaga, Ph.D., a recent Alzheimer's Association grantee who is supported by your generosity to The Judy Fund. Dr. Zuloaga will explore the interplay between menopause and metabolic diseases and how it could impact the development of Alzheimer's. The data gleaned from Dr. Zuloaga's study could inform future strategies to reduce the risk of dementia for women and men alike.

The Association continues to invest in women's Alzheimer's research, recently awarding four new grants in the latest grant cycle. Overall, the Association has made 22 grants totaling $4.17M to advance science exploring the role of sex and gender in the development of Alzheimer's. Your support of The Judy Fund helped launch the Association's commitment to this research focused on women's brains and Alzheimer's! Because of your generosity, we are making advancements toward unraveling the mysteries of Alzheimer's to protect future generations from this devastating disease. Thank you for your support of The Judy Fund and helping make this extraordinary work possible.

Early Alzheimer's Ambassadors advocacy bears fresh fruit: National Alzheimer's Plan adds new focus on risk reduction
Last December, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra released the annual update to the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, which now includes a new goal focused on work being done to promote healthy aging and reduce the risks that may contribute to the onset of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia. The National Plan was created as a direct result of the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA), which was passed in 2011 thanks in part to the tireless advocacy of the Alzheimer's Ambassadors. Piloted in 2010 with support from The Judy Fund, Ambassadors are recruited and trained to maintain year-round conversations with their elected officials, educating them on issues and holding them accountable to their commitments to people affected by dementia.

"Scientists have identified action steps we can take to maintain our health and function as we get older — from improving our diet and levels of physical activity to getting health screenings and managing risk factors for disease," said Dr. Richard Hodes, Director of the National Institute on Aging. "These approaches may influence multiple health concerns, including risk for Alzheimer's and related dementias, and we remain committed to learning more through research discovery."

Under the plan's new goal, the federal government will accelerate research on risk factors for Alzheimer's and other dementia, and strengthen the infrastructure needed to rapidly translate and disseminate information about risk factors, interventions to reduce the burden of risk factors, and related health promotion activities to health care providers, community-based providers, caregivers, and public health networks.

You made this happen! Your generosity fuels the continued success of the Alzheimer's Ambassador program and the fight against this relentless disease.

The Judy Fund and Sigma Alpha Mu shine their light for The Longest Day
The Judy Fund has deepened its commitment to the cause by participating in The Longest Day. This Alzheimer's Association fundraising event is held on the summer solstice — the day with the most light, June 21 — and brings participants together to fight the disease through a fundraising activity of their choice. The Judy Fund will shine its light on the darkness of Alzheimer's again this year as a Global Team, and we are excited that the Sigma Alpha Mu No Shave Campaign will continue to lead our efforts. Our beloved Sammys have already raised more than $41,000 this year thanks to nine teams and 120 participants! Learn more about The Longest Day, make a donation or register to start your own team today.

Thank you, as always, for the many ways you support The Judy Fund and the fight against Alzheimer's disease. We could not do this work without you! Together, we look forward to one day achieving our vision of a world without Alzheimer's.

Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Chair, The Judy Fund
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