Alzheimer’s Study Focuses on Black Seniors

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Researchers Seek to Prevent Alzheimer’s

from The Beacon

by Margaret Foster

While some scientists are working on medications to treat memory loss, other researchers are looking for ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease entirely.

Now a global study is under way to track the brains of healthy older adults who don’t yet have memory loss. Called the Ahead Study, it will enroll 8,000 participants at 100 sites in several countries. Howard University in Washington, D.C. is one of those sites.

The historically Black university is a key part of the Ahead Study because older Black people are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as white seniors. Hispanic or Latino seniors are about 1.5 times as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease as white seniors.

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