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Health & Wellness

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November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

DID YOU KNOW?

Age is the top known risk factor for Alzheimer’s, and that risk increases greatly after age 65. Nearly 50 percent of veterans are age 65 or older and are therefore at heightened risk for Alzheimer’s, compared to just 15 percent of the general population. In addition, studies show that older veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are 60 percent more likely to develop dementia. Twenty-two percent of all combat wounds in Afghanistan and Iraq were brain injuries, nearly double the rate seen during Vietnam – increasing these younger veterans’ lifetime Alzheimer’s risk.

  • The large population of older veterans elevates Alzheimer’s as a primary health care challenge. Currently, 13 million veterans are over the age of 55, representing two-thirds of the entire veteran population, with the largest cohort from the Baby Boomers who served during the Vietnam War.
  • The number of veterans with Alzheimer’s has surged in recent years. Approximately 420,000 veterans will have developed new cases of Alzheimer’s between 2010 and 2020. Among Veteran’s Affairs (VA) enrollees, the number with Alzheimer’s grew 166 percent from roughly 145,000 in 2004 to 385,000 in 2014, more than doubling during that period.
  • Many of these new cases of Alzheimer’s are directly attributable to military service. Approximately one-third of new cases of Alzheimer’s are a direct result of service-related injuries, conditions, and other factors. (Jeannette O’Connor, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Sept. 2021)

For additional resources and information about Alzheimer’s Disease, please visit these links below:

Bristol Health’s Senior Behavioral Health

Geriatric Medicine in Bristol: Dr. M. Reyes

Alzheimer’s Association Local Programs & Support

Veterans Affairs and Alzheimer’s/Geriatric Care Services