NEW YORK — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is holding a free webinar for New York veterans and their families 11 a.m.-noon May 4 to provide them with information about brain health, memory screenings and veterans benefits. Individuals can register for the free “Brain Health Awareness for Veterans” webinar at www.alzfdn.org/veterans.

Veterans may be at a higher risk for dementia based on their military experiences. A traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or being a prisoner of war can all increase the chances of developing dementia, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The risk of dementia also increases as we age. One in seven veterans ages 45 and over report experiencing memory problems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Teaching veterans and their families about the warning signs of dementia, early detection, steps to reduce their risk and programs available to them is a valuable service to help those who served our country,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s President and CEO. “We invite veterans and their family members to take part in this free webinar on May 4.”

Topics and presenters at the webinar include:

The Importance of Brain Health & Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease Jennifer Reeder, LCSW Director of Educational and Social Services, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Facts & Figures of Veterans & Alzheimer’s & the Importance of Memory Screening Donna de Levante Raphael Director of National Memory Screening, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Services & Support for New York Veterans Jane E. Zalsky

Veterans Benefits Advisor, New York State Division of Veterans’ Services

Participants will be able to ask questions during the webinar.

Register for the free “Brain Health Awareness for Veterans” webinar on May 4 by visiting www.alzfdn.org/veterans. Individuals who have questions or would like more information about brain health, memory screenings, dementia-related illnesses or caregiving can contact the AFA Helpline seven days a week by calling 866-232-8484 or visiting www.alzfdn.org.

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