The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing received a two-year, $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how to mitigate the risk of greater Alzheimer’s disease risk in African Americans.

The Problem

African Americans are more than twice as likely than other populations to be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. However, little research on African Americans exists in this domain.

The Study

Led by Pariya Fazeli Wheeler, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Nursing, the team will factor in common risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and will develop educational information that encourages healthy behaviors among the population to lessen the risk of developing cognitive aging conditions.

Study participants will be surveyed for lifestyle attributes, diet, etc., for the development of a risk profile. Social determinants of health will undoubtedly be included. Thereafter, a tailored plan will be developed to help individuals maximize their potential role in healthy brain aging. It is hoped that a tailored individual plan will encourage participants to engage in healthy behaviors.

Lead Research/Investigator

Pariya Fazeli Wheeler, PhD, assistant professor

Source: UAB News

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