Wednesday, May 19, 2021

2021 Alzheimer's Association Report: Race Ethnicity and Alzheimer's Disease


The 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report: Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer's in America. The statistics are upsetting. There is a huge disparity and sometimes even discrimination and bias in the care of Alzheimer's patients.

 By 2050 there will likely be 12.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease. There are 3 types of disparities: HEALTH -black,indigenous people of color (BIPOC)are MORE likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases; and they are less likely to be recruited and used for research and clinical trials, HEALTH CARE - is not adequate for BIPOC, and there is bias and sometimes discrimination.

 BIAS - language and cultural bias exists in the care of Alzheimer's patients There are SOLUTIONS to the problems that exist. 1) Awareness amongst healthcare providers - they should evaluate and consider a diagnosis and treatment plan for minority groups. 2) Diversity in Alzheimer's care - institutions that house Alzheimer's patients should be diversified providing resources and tools for care for all. 3) Diversity of the participants in clinical and research trials.

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