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African-Americans and Alzheimer's Disease

African Americans Dementia

African-Americans Leading the way

Solomon Carter Fuller Alzheimer's ScientistSolomon Carter Fuller, M.D., was one of the first known black psychiatrists and worked alongside Dr. Alois Alzheimer, who first discovered the traits of Alzheimer's disease in 1901. Join us February 23, 2013 for a special reenactment with Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller. Click here for more information on this event.

Special report on race, ethnicity and Alzheimer's disease shown in 2010 Alzheimer's Facts and Figures

Brain health, heart health and African Americans

Your heart works hard. So does your brain. Every heartbeat pumps about one-fifth of your blood to your brain. Your brain cells need the oxygen and nutrients carried by your blood so you can think clearly, speak and remember.

Conditions that damage your heart and blood vessels can interfere with the brain’s vital supply lines. Many risk factors for heart disease and stroke also threaten brain health:   

  • High blood pressure
  • Being overweight
  • High cholesterol
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diabetes (high blood sugar)

We know that African-Americans have a higher risk for diabetes, high blood pressureand other cardiovascular risk factors. Partner with your doctor to watch for early warning signs of these conditions so you can get them under control.

Brain health, heart health fact sheet

More about brain health

African American risk factors for dementia

Events 2013:

African American Advisory Committee meets the third Friday of every other month from 8:15 am-9:15 am at the Alzheimer's Association, 455 Sherman Street, #500. Please RSVP to Rosalyn Reese 303-813-1669 ext. 219, or rreese@alz.org.

African American Caregiver Support group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Black American West Museum, 3091 California Street from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Please RSVP to Rosalyn Reese at 303-813-1669 ext. 219, or email rreese@alz.org

Educational programs about Alzheimer's disease

Understanding Memory Loss and Dementia
Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. Learn the differences between Alzheimer's, other dementias and normal memory loss.  You will learn about the Alzheimer's disease process, the programs offered by the Alzheimer’s Association and the community resources available.

Alzheimer’s Basics
What are the differences between Alzheimer’s, other dementias and normal memory loss due to aging?  Learn about the Alzheimer’s disease process, the programs offered by the Colorado Chapter and the community resources available.

Memory Loss, Diabetes & Heart Disease: Is there a link?
Latinos and African Americans have the highest incidences of diabetes and heart disease. If you have Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, are at risk of developing any of these or of stroke, this session is for you. Learn about the importance of good brain health in an effort to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Know the 10 Signs
This program offers information about the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s. Learn what to look, and how to distinguish what is typical from what is not.

Caregiving Tips: Successful Communication
The ability to communicate effectively with your loved one can make your job as a caregiver easier and increase the quality of life and safety for the person with dementia. This class covers successful communication skills for interacting with people with dementia.

Maintain Your Brain
Learn more about your brain and how to keep it fit.

African American Caregiver Support Groups
For African-American caregivers, family or friends who deal with the daily challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias we provide support and encouragement in a confidential setting and at no cost.  Meet other African-American caregivers and learn more about the disease, caregiving issues, and suggestions on how to take care of yourself. 

2nd Wedensday of every month, 6:00 p.m.
Black American West Museum
3091 California Street
1-800-272-3900 for more information


Alzheimer's Association

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