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for Alzheimer’s among veterans, due to their service, include traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, blast-induced neurotrauma, successive concussion syndrome, and depression.
of veterans are age 65 or older, putting them at greater risk for Alzheimer’s than the general population, of which only 15% is over 65.
to effective Alzheimer’s diagnosis and care faced by veterans range from the complexity of the VA health system, to a lack of understanding about available benefits, to the stigma related to brain and mental health issues.
VeteransAgainstAlzheimer’s is a national network of veterans and their families, military leaders, veterans service organizations, researchers, and clinicians focused on raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease as an urgent health issue for veterans.
Unique risk factors for Alzheimer’s as a direct result of their service challenge veterans of all ages. Factors range from service-related injuries such as traumatic brain injury to conditions such as post-traumatic stress and depression.
Our mission is to shine a light on this urgent issue and demand strengthened initiatives and investments to meet the needs of veterans with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their caregivers, and their families.
The A-LIST is an online community of patients and caregivers making their voices count for research. An initiative of AD PACE, this patient-focused partnership for drug development is led by UsAgainstAlzheimer's.
The GAP Foundation is joining together leading academic researchers, pharmaceutical companies, nonprofit organizations and foundations, and governments around the world to reduce the time, cost, and risk of Alzheimer’s clinical trials in order to speed innovative medicines to those with or at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Key influencers speak out about VeteransAgainstAlzheimer’s. Read what they have to say.
"VeteransAgainstAlzheimer’s—a network of UsAgainstAlzheimer's—is serving those who have served our country by addressing the Alzheimer's crisis through resource mobilization, and targeted programming. Their work in increasing veterans’ participation in clinical trials is integral to finding a cure. It will help better understand the connection between Alzheimer's and PTSD, TBI and BIN—all war-related conditions. The community of caregivers, veterans, VSOs, families, researchers, lobbyists, and corporations that have come together to join forces with VeteransAgainstAlzheimer's speaks to the urgency of serving this population. VeteransAgainstAlzheimer's reminds us that we must do better for military families touched by Alzheimer's and other dementias."
The Honorable Bob McDonald
Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Veterans and Alzheimer’s: Meeting the Crisis Head On
Veterans and Alzheimer's: By the Numbers
"Missing Jim" by Karen Garner
Jim had been retired from the Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant for five years. He was 47 years old when we started recognizing something was changing and started searching for a diagnosis.
The VeteransAgainstAlzheimer's Advisory Committee includes prominent members of the veteran and research communities who offer thought leadership on the work of the Veterans Network, including:
- Advice on achieving goals
- Guidance on proposed initiatives
- Diverse perspectives in decision making
- Vetting to ensure successful stake holder partnerships
Honorary Advisory Committee Member
James B. Peake
Honorary Advisory Committee Member