Welcome University of Arizona Retirees!
Faculty, Appointed Professionals, Classified Staff, and Administrators
The UARA is an affiliate program of the UA Alumni Association (UAAA)
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA RETIREES ASSOCIATION
TO JOIN OR RENEW, PLEASE VISIT link
UARA, P.O. Box 210109, Tucson AZ 85721
Office meeting - by appointment
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Gail Hanson (Treasurer)
Nov. 21, 2019 at 3:30PM (Thursday)
Jan. 21, 2020 (Tuesday)
Feb 18, 2020 (Tuesday)
Mar. 17, 2020 (Tuesday)
Apr. 21, 2020 (Tuesday)
Location/Time: SWEDE JOHNSON BUILDING, 1111 N. CHERRY (corner of Cherry and Speedway) Usually the third Tuesday of the month, 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
The BOD meetings include the executive officers and directors, all committee chairs, and those serving as liaison to other UArizona affiliations. ALL UARA members and UArizona retired-non-members are invited and encouraged to attend any BOD meeting to share ideas, concerns, or just observe. For details about the Board of Directors, see dashboard About US
UARA CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY AT WINTER LUNCHEON PROGRAM
JOIN UARA MEMBERS AND FRIENDS TO CELEBRATE UARA'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY, 1980-2020
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020
LODGE AT VENTANA CANYON, CATALINA DINING ROOM,
6200 N. CLUBHOUSE LANE (85750)
NOON-2:00PM—DOORS OPEN AT 11:30AM
SPEAKER: DR. CLIVE WYNNE, ASU DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY, CANINE SCIENCE COLLABORATORY
STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION...
WE’RE GOING GREEN!!
In this eco-friendly environment and like many other non-profits, the UARA has decided to publish the UA Retiree News newsletter electronically. Starting in the fall of 2020, you will receive electronic newsletters three times a year. Until then, the next two newsletters mailed to you will be black & white four-page issues.
In order to go forward with this transition, could you provide us with your preferred email address to receive the newsletter electronically? (Although we already have your email address on file, we’d like to make sure it’s up to date.) Please email to email@example.com. For members without access to a computer, please contact the office at 520-626-6936, and we will arrange to mail you a paper copy.
VISIT THE Members' Corner FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT:
ALL ABOUT OLLI - by Susan Green
Notes About Dopamine - by Alison Hughes
RECEIVE YOUR 1099R ELECTRONICALLY!
You can log into your myASRS account and sign up to begin receiving your 1099R electronically. This is the quickest way to receive your tax forms. If you elect this option, ASRS will email a notification to you when your tax documents are available online.
When you receive your 1099R electronically, there’s no risk of anything getting lost and you receive your 1099R almost immediately after we post it to your myASRS account instead of waiting weeks for a hard copy to be printed, mailed and delivered.
If you would like to switch to receiving your 1099R online, here's an easy step-by-step guide to help you make the change.
Go to web site at AzASRS.gov and log into your account using the “myASRS Login” box at the top right-hand side of your screen.
Enter your Login ID and Password
On the left hand navigation panel, click “1099-R Statements”
Click “I want to receive my 1099R electronically”
Consent to the change by clicking “I consent”.
From the left hand navigation panel you may select Home Page to return to the Home page or Logout to close out your session.
Changes must be made by December 31, 2019 to receive your 2019 1099R tax statement electronically.
FALL PROGRAM LUNCHEON REPORT - THE ARIZONA INN
[pictured above L-R are Robert Casler, Alison Hughes, Gail Hanson, Dotty Sherwood-Cooney, Jane Dugas, Mike Krebbs, Paul Matson, Jim Barrett, Susan Anderson, Dusty Johnson, Rose and Bob Perrill]
The UARA fall luncheon program was held at The Arizona Inn on October 17th. The banquet room was comfortable, the fare was delightful, and the wait staff was attentive.
Mr. Paul Matson, Exec. Director of the Arizona State Retirement System, was the guest speaker. Mr. Matson drove here from Phoenix to address the audience of 83 members and friends. He explained retirement concepts, current issues, and an update of the ASRS. With a plan design that has equal contributions being made by members and employers, a professional investment plan and oversights, and a solid funding plan, the Arizona State Retirement System is able to offer sustainable pension, health insurance, and long term disability plans for the benefit of our members and retirees for the next 65 years – and well beyond.
UA researchers receive $37.5 million grant to test new therapy for Alzheimer's
UA researchers receive $37.5 million grant to test new therapy for Alzheimer's
The University of Arizona Center for Innovation in Brain Science has received a $37.5 million federal grant to research a potential regenerative therapy for Alzheimer’s disease, which researchers hope will help reverse the course of the neurodegenerative disease.
The five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging will provide funding for a nationwide Phase 2 clinical trial that will study the effectiveness of a medication called allopregnanolone, or allo, as a treatment for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s who carry the genetic risk factor for the disease.
“Based on our discovery and early clinical research findings, we are optimistic that allo could be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s,” said Roberta Diaz Brinton, director of the center and clinical trial lead. “Our precision medicine approach for Alzheimer’s is designed to treat the right person at the right time.”
“We are thrilled to advance allo as the first regenerative therapeutic for Alzheimer’s and to bring innovations in the brain science of the future to those who need a cure today,” she continued.
While the exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown, researchers do know that the disease leads to the death of brain cells and causes the connection between the cells to decrease.
This is believed to be caused by the buildup of proteins within the brain, particularly the beta-amyloid protein.
During a Phase 1 clinical trial, Brinton and her team found that allo, which is natural steroid that is already produced within the brain, has been shown to increase the generation of new brain cells, reduce the formation of beta-amyloids and improve cognitive function.
Alzheimer’s patients have lower levels of allo in their brains compared to people with healthy brains.
“What allo does is it promotes the energy system in the brain, and because of that, it reduces the generation of beta-amyloids and reverses that aspect of the disease,” Brinton said. “At the same time, it’s promoting the generation of new nerve cells.”
According to Brinton, allo has also been shown to reduce inflammation within the brain, which is known as a defining indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.
“Dr. Brinton’s research has the potential to bring relief to the millions of people who are living with Alzheimer’s, and to the countless more family members who are experiencing these effects in a loved one,” said Elizabeth Cantwell, UA senior vice president for research and innovation. “Research that comes out of the labs and truly makes a difference in the everyday lives of people is one of the core principles of research at the University of Arizona.”
In the next phase, researchers will test the medication in early-stage patients, rather than late stage, and will determine whether allo will be effective as a therapy.
“In Phase 1 of the clinical trial, we determined that allo is safe in our target population, we determined that our treatment regimen is effective and also determined the right dose moving forward into Phase 2.”
Brinton also said this research may be effective in other age-associated neurodegenerative disease as well, which is an area they plan to investigate.
“We already have laboratory evidence that allo may be effective for Parkinson’s as well,” she said. “We are working now to develop a clinical trial of allo in persons with Parkinson’s.”
More than 5 million Americans, and 50 million people worldwide, are living with Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
By 2050, that number is expected to increase to 14 million Americans.
In Arizona, more than 200,000 people age 65 and older will live with the disease by 2025.
UA CARES CAMPAIGN 2019 through Nov. 22
A message from Karla Morales, UA Cares Coordinator
As a University of Arizona retiree, you are an important part of the richness and vitality of our UArizona Community. Thank you for your years of dedicated service and for the ongoing commitment you express through your involvement with the University of Arizona Retirees Association (UARA).
The many generous gifts through UA Cares over the years have helped in so many ways – providing scholarships for students who never thought it possible to attend college, supporting medical research that leads to cures for diseases that can devastate lives and families, and ensuring the arts and humanities thrive and flourish.
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s collective impact fund continues to ensure children are safe, families are strong and secure, and seniors have an opportunity to age gracefully in their homes. United Way’s Helping the Working Poor Fund helps people who are struggling - your contribution may be eligible for Arizona tax credits (please check with your accountant). The need for your support is important. You can make a difference by donating to the University through the University of Arizona Foundation, to the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and the greater Tucson community, or both. A PLEDGE FORM CAN BE FOUND AT https://uacares.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/UACARES_PledgeForm_F.pdf
Special Note: If you are donating by check to both the University of Arizona Foundation and United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, two separate checks will be required made payable to the specific organization.
Thanks for continuing the strong UA tradition of giving back. For more information on UA Cares, please contact Karla Morales in the Office of Multicultural Advancement at (520) 621-5522 or visit our website at uacares.arizona.edu
Karla Morales UA Cares Coordinator
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