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Checkmating Alzheimer’s: Birmingham VAMC uses ‘brain games’ to promote sharp minds in older Veterans

Chess, a classic “brain game” is a mentally stimulating activity that has been shown to promote brain health and may also decrease the risk of cognitive impairment. Almost every Saturday morning, volunteers visit the Birmingham, Alabama VA Medical Center (VAMC), setting up chessboards and sharing their passion for the game with older Veterans. They also bring tactile chess sets for the blind – comprised of chess pieces of varying shades and colors – to accommodate low-vision Veterans.

By |February 15th, 2017|Guest Posts, Health|1 Comment

VA nurses make a difference in the lives of those around them

At VA, we know our nurses are the backbone of Veteran care, but they also don’t hesitate to go the extra mile when it comes to helping others.

By |May 24th, 2022|Employment, VA Careers|Comments Off on VA nurses make a difference in the lives of those around them

Geneva Robinson, VA Patient Advocate, celebrates 50 years of service to VA

A gallon of gas was 36¢ when Geneva Robinson started at VA. A Patient Advocate at Birmingham VA, she says, “Veterans are my family.”

By |February 6th, 2022|Health|Comments Off on Geneva Robinson, VA Patient Advocate, celebrates 50 years of service to VA

National Veterans Wheelchair Games motivates first-time competitor

Army Veteran Kristie Townsend is competing for the first time at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which has been shown her a whole new world of opportunity.

By |August 12th, 2021|Adaptive Sports|Comments Off on National Veterans Wheelchair Games motivates first-time competitor
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