Magazine article VFW Magazine

Veterans at Greater Risk for Alzheimer's

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Veterans at Greater Risk for Alzheimer's

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UsAgainstAlzheimer's released a report in October highlighting the correlation between PTSD, TBI, depression, Alzheimer's and dementia.

Called "Veterans and Alzheimer's: Meeting the Crisis Head On," the report highlights the need for increased research and better access to quality care for veterans with Alzheimer's.

The report states that 49 percent of veterans who are age 65 or older are at greater risk for Alzheimer's. This compares to just 15 percent of the general population over age 65.

Furthermore, older veterans who have suffered a TBI are 60 percent more likely to develop dementia. On average, dementia onset occurs two years earlier in veterans who have a TBI, according to the study.

As a result of the report, VeteransAgainstAlzheimer's (VA2) was launched. …

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