July/August AARP Bulletin Special Report: AARP to Help Fund Dementia Research

$60M investment in search for treatment signals major new priority for nation's largest non-profit advocacy organization


WASHINGTON, July 3, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On June 25, AARP announced an unprecedented investment of $60 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) the first and largest venture fund focused on discovering and developing effective new drugs for treating dementia and ultimately a cure. Now, a special report in the July/August issue of AARP Bulletin details the scope of this healthcare issue, provides a profile of DDF, and explains why research to date has yielded so few solutions, despite tens of billions of dollars being spent.

The AARP Bulletin special report also reveals the physical, emotional and financial stress of dementia that impacts family caregivers, the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's and why it matters, what we know and don't know about Alzheimer's and the urgent need for innovation worldwide.

Every 65 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's. In fact, more than six million people in America suffer from various types of dementia and those numbers are growing at an alarming rate. According to current projections, by 2050 the number will exceed 16 million people or about one in five Americans 65 and older.

Other stories in the July/August issue:

Cover Story

  • 99 Great Ways to Save! AARP's ninth annual round-up of clever money saving ideas adds up to over $46,000 in potential extra cash in your pocket. Learn when and where to buy your produce to cut costs on grocery shopping, tips on how to market your old electronics and how to make some extra cash on the side by taking online surveys. Check out 99 tips from experts that can help you save on everything from beauty and style to travel, technology and home finance.

Election 2018

  • The Future of Healthcare and What the Next Congress Might Do: What's at stake for the Medicare and Medicaid programs in the upcoming midterm elections? Medicare provides benefits to 60 million older adults and people with disabilities. Will states turn Medicaid into a 'block grant' program, a critical safety net program that covers six in ten nursing home residents in the US? This year's elections could decide whether politicians try to cut or strengthen these important benefits for seniors, disabled people, and low-income families. The July/August Bulletin includes four key questions you should ask each Congressional candidate on Medicare and Medicaid.


  • Retire in a College Town: If you can get past the image of frat parties and kegs, you may want to look into retiring in a college town. Turns out these small towns are appealing and rating high among retirees, according to AARP's Livability Index. Check out some of the cities that are attracting older Americans, like Athens, GA and Rochester, Minn. These areas are alluring for their vibrant energy, convenient walkable neighborhoods with an abundance of restaurants and shopping, sports and cultural events, reliable transportation and first-rate healthcare.


  • Juggling Estate Decisions: The decisions regarding splitting inheritance can be an emotional and stressful process. More so, if you tie the knot a second time and have children, acquiring new stakeholders. The July/August issue includes an article by AARP's financial expert, Jane Bryant Quinn, that includes tips and choices you can make now to leave your heirs happy.


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