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March 21, 2018
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New Association report reveals increases in Alzheimer's prevalence, costs
The new Alzheimer's Association 2018 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report details how the impact of Alzheimer's — both human and financial — is growing rapidly. This year's special report, Alzheimer's Disease: Financial and Personal Benefits of Early Diagnosis, highlights the important personal benefits of early diagnosis for individuals and families, as well as new economic modeling data indicating early diagnosis of Alzheimer's could save the nation as much as $7.9 trillion in health and long-term care expenditures.

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Congress prioritizes Alzheimer's and dementia research funding in 2018 budget
The Alzheimer's Association and its advocacy arm, the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (AIM), are celebrating the decision by Congress to include a $414 million increase for Alzheimer's and dementia research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the FY2018 budget. When the increase is signed into law, Alzheimer's and dementia research funding at the NIH will reach $1.8 billion.
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Women with high cardiovascular fitness may have lower dementia risk
A new study from Sweden suggests that women with high cardiovascular fitness, or high stamina, had an 88 percent lower risk of dementia than women who were moderately fit. The researchers also found that the average age at the onset of dementia was 11 years older among women in the "high fitness" study group than in the "medium fitness" group. Engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body is one of our 10 Ways to Love Your Brain.
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