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Date(s) - 09/16/2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is holding a free webinar for California veterans and their families on Thursday, September 16 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. 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

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.

According to the state of California, there are nearly 1.6 million veterans living in California, making it the state with the highest number of veterans in the country.

“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 September 16.”

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 California Veterans

Viktoriya Samarina, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Stanford/VA Alzheimer’s Center

National Co-Director, VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment (MIRT)

Participants will be able to ask questions during the webinar.

Register for the free “Brain Health Awareness for Veterans” webinar on September 16 by visiting 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