12:25am Wednesday 18 October 2017

Early Detection of Alzheimer’s among Diverse Populations

The aspects of education studied included quality of schooling, location and setting of school, reading level, and academic achievement.

“School is out,” Arthur Rothstein, Gees Bend, Alabama, 1937; Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, reproduction number LC-USF34-T01-025378-D

Alzheimer’s disease is more prevalent among African Americans and Latinos than among non-Hispanic whites. Dr. Manly’s study took into account the higher levels of cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease among African Americans and Latinos, as well as the effect of these diseases on education and cognition. Dr. Manly suggests that a “life-course” approach, which considers the educational and health experiences of diverse populations, can contribute to the identification of early, accurate markers for cognitive decline and dementia.

Dr. Manly presented her results at a plenary session of the 2012 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, in Vancouver.

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