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Ana Nelson of the Alzheimer’s Association and her husband Jim stay fit and socially engaged through competitive running. A new study shows that social connections can help build resilience and prevent age-related cognitive decline and dementia.

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Most days of the week, Ana Nelson can be found educating others about Alzheimer’s disease in her role as vice president of Programs and Services for the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter. Her free time is spent touring historical sites in Northern Virginia and staying fit through competitive running and other activities. She’s currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon.


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