UsAgainstAlzheimer's Blog

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August 11, 2021

My Story: What Congress Can Do to Support Brain Health Equity for Patients & Caregivers

My mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease over the past six years exemplifies the challenges facing people living with the disease, their caregivers and communities of color.
August 03, 2021 - Jason Resendez and Yareli Torres Carrillo

UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Data Brief Drawing New Attention to Brain Health Equity for Communities of Color

A new data brief from the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Center for Brain Health Equity highlighted the 41 congressional districts associated with the top 25 counties that have the highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s among Black and Latino Americans in the Medicare program has drawn new attention to the social determinants of health present in the districts and counties most impacted by Alzheimer’s among people of color. During a virtual briefing to launch the data brief, leaders in Congress and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cited the need to promote early detection and diagnosis, support people living with the disease
July 23, 2021 - George Vradenburg

UsA2’s 2020 Annual Report Chronicles a Decade of Impact

In the 10 years since we founded UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, we have seen enormous progress in the fight to stop Alzheimer’s disease. Our 2020 Annual Report features milestones from this past year as well as highlights from a decade of impact. Last month, after our Annual Report was completed, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first disease-modifying therapy and the first-ever therapy approved for mild cognitive impairment. This approval of Aduhelm is a true breakthrough moment in Alzheimer’s history, providing patients, for the first time, the chance to consider a therapy that slows the progression of their Alzheimer’s disease. While
June 14, 2021 - UsAgainstAlzheimer's

UsA2 Research Highlights Burdens on Alzheimer’s Caregivers of Color

New research from UsAgainstAlzheimer’s shines a light on the challenges faced by Alzheimer’s caregivers of color, especially African American and Latino, and the disconnect that exists between these caregivers and the resources that could alleviate the burden. Over a year ago, we set out to develop research exploring the unique concerns and priorities of dementia caregivers of color. Black Americans are twice as likely as non-Hispanic Whites to develop Alzheimer’s; Latinos are 1.5 times as likely. The human toll and economic burden can be devastating for people living with dementia and family caregivers, especially in underserved communities. Importantly, the needs
May 11, 2021 - Nora Super and Cara Levy

Paid Family Leave Can Build Health and Economic Equity

The US is woefully unprepared to care for the growing population of older adults