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The flu shot will not only help pre- vent influenza, it might also reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease.
Association news release that describes several separate studies.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says it is particularly important this year that we get our flu shots this year because the coronavirus has put an unprecedented strain on America’s healthcare resources. As CDC epidemiologist Mark Thompson put it in a recent article published by NPR, "No year is a good year to get the flu, but this year – with COVID-19 also raging – it's especially bad."
One of the studies was conducted by a team led by researcher Albert Amran at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. They used a nationwide data- base of 9,000 individuals 60 years of age and older and found that those who had a flu shot had at least a 17% lower risk of Alzheimer’s.
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Recalling the deadly outbreak of the Spanish Flu in 1918, the same article described the need to promote the flu vaccine this year as, “Arguably the most important U.S. effort to prevent influenza's spread among Americans in a century.”
Another study carried out at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
by Dr. Svetlana Ukraintseva found the Alzheimer’s risk for people between the ages of 65 and 75 who had been vaccinat- ed against pneumonia was reduced by as much as 40%. That study was conducted among 5,146 participants.
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“Indeed, there is an extensive list of the benefits of flu shots, the newest of which is research that shows the flu vaccine
and the pneumonia vaccine are linked to
a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s Disease,” reports Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC).
The Alzheimer’s Association chief sci- ence officer, Dr. Maria Carrillo, noted that the research presented at the Association’s conference “calls for further studies in large, diverse clinical trials to inform whether vaccinations as a public health strategy decrease our risk for developing dementia as we age.”
Weber explains that research reports presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2020 recently show that flu shots may reduce the risk of the disease. She cites an Alzheimer’s
Publisher’s note: It might important to note that additional factors of those get- ting the flu vaccine could be activities they engage in that will also reduce their risk for infection. As mentioned, additional study is necessary to confirm the direct correlation.
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Approximately one in 10 seniors aged 60 and older have experienced some form of elder abuse. For people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, the prevalence is much higher,
of dementia.”
Specifically, the Promoting Alzheimer's
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation authored by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to protect seniors with dementia from harm and exploitation. The Promoting Alzheimer's Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act would ensure that the Department of Justice’s elder abuse training materials take into account individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act would:
• Require that the National Elder Justice
“As Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, one of my top priorities is protecting our seniors against abuse,” said Senator Collins, a founder and co-chair
• Include information in DOJ’s annual report about where to access the publicly available training materials.
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Coordinator take into account people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias when creating or compiling elder abuse training materials;
• Instruct DOJ to consult with stakehold- ers, as appropriate, in developing these materials and to review and update exist- ing materials; and
The bill builds on the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act, which became law in October 2017 and required DOJ to create training materials to help criminal justice, health care, and social services personnel assess and respond to elder abuse cases. It also aligns with the latest recommendations from the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which include disseminating information on abuse of those with dementia and edu- cating law enforcement about interacting with these individuals.
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of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease. “During the COVID- 19 pandemic, there may be increased risk for elder abuse, including elder financial exploitation. Our bipartisan bill would help to ensure that the frontline professionals who are leading the charge against elder abuse have the training needed to respond to cases where the victim or a witness has Alzheimer’s disease or other forms
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