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Dear Tushar, The holiday season is one of the most hopeful times of the year — it's full of possibility, and it seems as if all of our dreams can come true. Here at the Alzheimer's Association, we're wishing — and working — every day for advances to end Alzheimer's disease. And we're making progress, thanks in part to our $250,000 matching gift challenge. Longtime supporters and Alzheimer's Association Zenith Society members Dick and Marianne Kipper have generously agreed to donate $250,000 to advance Alzheimer's research initiatives if we can raise that amount by December 15. We've almost reached our goal — but time is running out. Please make your donation now:
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Your gift supports our mission to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. I deeply appreciate your generosity today. Gratefully,
Your donation will strengthen our efforts to advance Alzheimer's care, support and research. From face-to-face support to online education programs and promising global research initiatives, your gift makes a difference in the lives of all those affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias in your community and across the world. Thank you for your continued support.
Hearing loss may raise the odds of developing dementia
In a new study, researchers reviewed data from 36 studies including more than 20,000 people worldwide and found an association between age-related hearing loss and increased risk for mental impairment and dementia. The researchers stressed that this is not proof of a cause-and-effect relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline, and they saw no relationship between hearing loss and Alzheimer's disease. Research results reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2017 also provided clues about associations between cognitive status and hearing in older people.
Doug Bickford named as Executive Director
The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Iowa Chapter has announced Doug Bickford as new executive director. Bickford brings more than 15 years of non-profit leadership experience to the Association and deep connections to the community. “As the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care and support in Iowa, our role is vital to the health and welfare of Iowans,” states Bickford. Please help us welcome Doug to the Association.
Crochet work displays the impact of Alzheimer's disease
Rene Wuillermin always loved to crochet, but after she was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's at 54, it became more than a hobby: It acted as a window into the progression of her disease.
People living with Alzheimer's can still travel during the holidays
Holiday travel can be stressful and chaotic for any family. It can be even more overwhelming for people living with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers, but that doesn't mean leaving home is off limits.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Wishing you happy holidays from Glaucoma Research Foundation.
By Robert L. Stamper, MD
You and your eye doctor share the same goal in the treatment of glaucoma: to preserve as much of your vision as possible, even if the disease progresses over time.
For most glaucoma patients, treatments such as medication and surgery are effective, but in some cases even with the best of care, patients continue to lose vision. In cases like this, the eye doctor continues to play an important role in patient care. The intraocular pressure (IOP) still needs to be controlled in order to slow progression as much as possible.
When vision loss does occur, even though you trust your doctor's ability to provide you with excellent care, you may want to consider seeking a second opinion from another glaucoma specialist. A second opinion can be helpful for understanding your diagnosis and your potential options and to reaffirm that your doctor is doing everything possible to prevent further vision loss. On occasion, a fresh look can turn up potential avenues of treatment that had not been considered.
When talking with your doctor about issues related to vision loss, it helps to have a friend or family member with you for the discussion. Your family member may think of additional questions to ask, and help to write down and remember tips and advice from the doctor.
Robert N. Shaffer, MD founded Glaucoma Research Foundation in 1978. He was a pioneer in the field of glaucoma and an outstanding teacher and mentor to young doctors. His proudest professional accomplishment was the establishment of the annual Shaffer Fellowship and more than 40 doctors received personal and skillful training with Dr. Shaffer during his career.
Always at his side was his wife Virginia. The two childhood sweethearts were married 68 years before Dr. Shaffer passed away in 2007. With Virginia's background in English, speech and drama, she taught public speaking to ophthalmologists at the University of California San Francisco Medical School and helped Dr. Shaffer's fellows with their presentations. In addition, she and Dr. Shaffer hosted the doctors into their family's warm and friendly home.
In December of 2016, Virginia passed away after a long and healthy life at the age of 103. Earlier this year, Glaucoma Research Foundation received a generous contribution from the Robert and Virginia Shaffer Revocable Trust.
Thomas Brunner, President and CEO of Glaucoma Research Foundation noted "We were incredibly honored that Virginia included us in her estate plans. Both she and Bob were such wonderful and generous supporters from the very beginning." Mr. Brunner added, "They were leading donors of our very first fundraising campaign and are now lead donors of the largest campaign in our history, The Cure is in Sight."
Virginia and Dr. Robert Shaffer leave behind a remarkable legacy through their generous philanthropic support to Glaucoma Research Foundation and lifelong dedication to teaching and nurturing the next generation of glaucoma specialists.
Including us in your will or trust is a simple way to provide future support of our innovative research and education programs. To learn more, please visit www.glaucoma.org/legacy.
A Tax-Saving Way to Advance Glaucoma Research
If you are 70 ½ or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to make a year-end gift through your IRA and receive tax benefits in return.
You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to Glaucoma Research Foundation without having to pay income taxes on the withdrawal. Please contact Nancy Graydon, Executive Director of Development at 1-800-826-6693 or visit our website to learn more.