Compared to Whites, African-Americans and Hispanics face a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This elevated risk may be related to increased prevalence of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke among these groups.
In light of this increased risk, efforts to increase the number of underrepresented groups in Alzheimer’s disease research are critical.
National organizations, such as the National Institute on Aging, have developed a strategic plan to address health disparities, such as Alzheimer’s disease, among minority populations. At a local level, the MADC provides support and educational services to minority communities. Our MADC Clinical Nurse Consultant, Dr. Edna Rose, has extensive experience in minority outreach and recruitment related to cognitive disorders and dementia in the African-American community. Dr. Rose has a passion for enhancing awareness about the risk factors and warning signs associated with dementia among the African-American and Hispanic communities.
Advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders are only possible when people participate in research. The MADC study coordinators help families navigate the research process, provide support to patients and families, answer questions, and help facilitate connections with community service agencies.
To learn more about the MADC minority outreach efforts and research opportunities, please contact Dr. Edna Rose, (734) 936-8329 or email@example.com.