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2015 Year In Review

• Congress voted to increase federal funding for Alzheimer’s research by $350 million in 2016.

• Medicare turned 50!

• Teens made strides in Alzheimer’s research. U.K. teenager Krtin Nithiyanandam designed what could be a minimally invasive test that offers an early diagnosis for Alzheimer’s.

• California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Bill ABX2 15 – also called the End of Life Option Act – into law, allowing in certain cases terminally ill patients to commit assisted suicide.

• The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, an organization representing some 600 agencies on aging, released the report “Making Your Community Livable for All Ages: What’s Working!”, which outlined specific steps communities can take to improve the quality of life for seniors.

• Another study linked physical exercise to improved memory. The study, published in the journal Brain Plasticity, found that exercise can enhance the development of new brain cells in the adult brain.

• The NIH set aside approximately $2.2 million in funding over the next five years for the National Robotics Initiative to develop the Smart Walker, a four-legged robot that enhances mobility so that seniors can remain mobile physically active.

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