Research is beginning to uncover the impact of Alzheimer’s disease in African American & Hispanic communities, who are about 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death for adults over 65. This disease particularly affects African Americans & Hispanics, who suffer from Alzheimer’s at a higher rate.
This is due to several reasons:
People are living longer
Higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure & high cholesterol which are risk factors for Alzheimer’s.
Missed diagnosis are more common.
Family history is a risk factor. Those who have a parent, brother or sister with Alzheimer’s are 2-3 times more likely to develop the disease.
Alzheimer's Disease in the Urban Community
Alzheimer’s will increase over 600% by the year 2050 in the urban communities.
Act Now Foundation is sounding the alarm about Alzheimer’s in urban communities, not to cause panic but to stimulate action to prevent disaster. Alzheimer’s disease is no longer a hopeless cause. By mobilizing public and private resources in a campaign to fight Alzheimer’s, and by enlisting urban communities in that campaign, we can change the course of Alzheimer’s for urban families who are now at greater risk.