Alzheimer's disproportionately affects older Black and Hispanic Americans compared to older White Americans. In fact, Black Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's, and Hispanic Americans are one and a half times more likely to develop the disease.
Yet much of the Alzheimer's research to date has not included sufficient numbers of Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Native Americans to be representative of the U.S. population. We are working to change that at the Memory and Aging Program and we are working with community partners to spread the word so that we can ensure equitable representation in this important study.
“I’ve always been an active and busy person but I knew there were habits and personal steps I could take to do more to protect my health and brain functions. When I heard about POINTER I was immediately interested.
With the POINTER community members, I’ve learned and put into practice new habits and cultivated new interests. I’m enjoying my progress today regardless of what will be achieved down the road.
Our facilitators are thoughtful, always encouraging and very patient – the best cheerleaders anyone could have. The program is focused on ways to help me reach my primary goals – better physical and brain health. It’s not always easy figuring out how to enhance my diet and get in more exercise and social activities, but the effort is invigorating and helped me better plan, prepare and follow up on my goals. Not to mention, now I know about lots more than the science of brain health.
From tasty food tips and new recipes to getting the scoop on good places to walk, to enjoying a routine that embraces group classes, a habit I’ve never gravitated towards. I’ve grown a few notches as a healthier and informed senior and that is something I’m very proud of.”
– POINTER participant, age 70, Providence, RI
“I was inspired to participate in the POINTER study since my own mom’s life had been impacted by her short-term memory loss and cognitive difficulties.
I began to notice these changes when she was in her mid-eighties. Being very close to my mom and fully involved in her healthcare, I saw the impact on her cognitive faculties. This resulted in a noticeable decline in her quality of life during the last six years of her life.
My hope is that my contribution will aid in the great mission of alleviating the suffering of many individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”
– POINTER participant, age 65, North Providence, RI