Two VA experts to discuss Alzheimer’s disease research and future treatment live Nov. 8


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With Veterans Day approaching, two experts from Department of Veterans Affairs will join UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Nov. 8, at 4:00 p.m. EST to discuss Veterans and Alzheimer’s and examine the current findings and what the future may hold.

Dr. Tom Edes who oversees Geriatrics and Extended Care Services for VA Clinical Operations will discuss how VA is addressing this looming crisis and some of the resources that VA offers to Veterans who are facing this disease.

Dr. Alex Chiu who leads VA’s portfolio of Alzheimer’s disease research will discuss current and recent VA research into Alzheimer’s as it affects our nation’s Veterans.

Research has linked head injury and a variety of mental health conditions to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Given Veterans’ exposure to traumatic brain injury, PTSD, blast-induced neurotrauma, successive concussion syndrome and depression is more likely than that of the general population.  About 50 percent of our Veterans age 65 or older face an even greater risk of Alzheimer’s.

Register today, to join the discussion Nov. 8.


About the author: UsAgainstAlzheimer’s presses for greater urgency from government, industry and the scientific community in the quest for an Alzheimer’s cure –  accomplishing this through effective leadership, collaborative advocacy, and strategic investments.

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  1. Braulia    

    My husband a Vietnam Veteran has early Dementia/Alzimers, severe PTSD, diebetis and more. How is he going to be helped as this disease progresses.

  2. Tami Bryant    

    My Gulf War Illness symptoms began manifesting as bulbar amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in November of 2015 after @VAPugetSound administered bactrim for a possible UTI. GWI is a cytokine dysfunction caused by a sepsis response to the aluminum in the anthrax vaccine. The VA is now offering HBO for PTSD. It is my strong belief that HBO will also help veterans struggling with Alzheimer’s because of the proinflammatory cytokines caused by PTSD, sepsis and other traumas.

    We are dying because this research isn’t actually being incorporated in our care. They refuse to identify us with GWI in our medical records, further killing more veterans like me with GWI. We will simply never see old age because of the VA.
    We need the truth and we need the VA to incorporate this research.

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