Health Disparities in Dementia for Black and Hispanic Families

Mar 22, 2021 | Christina Thompson | @christinathompson

In the United States, African American and Hispanic families are the demographic that we see a more prevalent appearance of dementia. An article from the American Heart Association states, "We don't exactly know why," said Jason Resendez, executive director for the UsAgainstAlzheimer's Center for Brain Health Equity in Washington, D.C. "More and more evidence is pointing to a mix of factors that are health-related, such as disparities in diabetes and heart disease. But there are also social and economic factors, such as education, social isolation, smoking, low income and other inequalities." The article also provides research and studies to explain that eliminating the disparities in dementia and other health risks will require tackling structural racism on a societal level.

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