I Was Totally Lost For 70 Seconds. And Then: ‘Holy Sh*t.’

You owe it to yourself to spend the next 82 seconds watching the most powerful "Year in Review" video that's probably ever been created:

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Do not keep reading if you haven't watched the video. Spoilers ahead!

Now that you've seen the video, maybe you're thinking, "That's an oversimplification of Alzheimer's disease." And perhaps you're correct.

But now we're talking about it, right? And since we're discussing this awful disease, please allow me to quote some facts from the Alzheimer's Association that are worth sharing:

1. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease.
2. Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's.
3. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. About 500,000 deaths each year are attributed to Alzheimer's.
4. 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
5. In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care, valued at more than $220 billion.

Additionally, they have some numbers that are especially relevant to women:

1. In her 60s, a woman's estimated lifetime risk for developing Alzheimer's is 1 in 6. For breast cancer, it is 1 in 11.
2. There are 2.5 times more women than men providing intensive "on-duty" care 24 hours a day for someone with Alzheimer's.
3. Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women.
4. More than 60 percent of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers are women.

Of course, these statistics aren't meant to depress anyone — they're just a reminder that Alzheimer's is a disease we need to take seriously. So, kudos to this tricky video for making us do just that.

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A farmer in Belgium has caused an international incident by inadvertently redrawing the border between Belgium and France. The farmer moved a border stone that stood on the grounds for over 200 years because it was blocking his tractor.

The two countries share a 390-mile border that was established under a treaty signed in 1820.

The stone, marked 1819, was put in place four years after the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Nearly 50,000 soldiers died in the battle that would determine the border.

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"I love being a nurse because I have the honor of connecting with my patients during some of their best and some of their worst days and making a difference in their lives is among the most rewarding things that I can do in my own life" - Tenesia Richards, RN

From ushering new life into the world to holding the hand of a patient as they take their last breath, nurses are everyday heroes that deserve our respect and appreciation.

To give back to this community that is always giving so selflessly to others, CeraVe® put out a call to nurses to share their stories for a chance to be featured in Heroes Behind the Masks, a digital content series shining a light on nurses who go above and beyond to provide safe and quality care to patients and their communities.

First up: Tenesia Richards, a labor and delivery nurse working in New York City who, in addition to her regular job, started a community outreach program in a homeless shelter that houses expectant mothers for up to one year postpartum.

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Upon learning at a conference that black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health, Richards decided to take further action to help her community. She, along with a handful of fellow nurses, volunteered to provide antepartum, childbirth and postpartum education to the women living at the shelter. Additionally, they looked for other ways to boost the spirits of the residents, like throwing baby showers and bringing in guest speakers. When COVID-19 hit and in-person gatherings were no longer possible, Richards and her team found creative workarounds and created holiday care packages for the mothers instead.

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