You’re invited: Dr. James S. Jackson Seminar on Health Equity and Alzheimer’s Disease

February 17, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

COVID-19 has laid bare an undesirable truth: Underserved communities are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. In the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia, statistics point to a similar troubling trend.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, for instance, African Americans are about twice as likely  to have Alzheimer’s or another dementia and Hispanics are 1.5 times more likely to have Alzheimer’s. Additionally, African Americans are more prone to risk factors for vascular disease — like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — which may also be risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and stroke-related dementia.

On March 3, the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting the Dr. James S. Jackson Seminar on Health Equity and Alzheimer’s Disease virtually from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. to discuss the latest research involving underserved communities.

The event — named in honor of Jackson’s rigorous research at U-M — brings together some of the nation’s top experts in the field of health equity and Alzheimer’s disease.

Carl V. Hill, M.D., Ph.D., chief diversity, equity and inclusion Officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, and Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D., director of the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology and president of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), will host the event. 

To register for the Dr. James S. Jackson Seminar on Health Equity and Alzheimer’s Disease, click here.

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