“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Blacks are two times as likely to get Alzheimer's as whites. Join us to end this disparity!

About Us



Honorary Founding Chairs

The founders of AfricanAmericanAgainstAlzheimer’s are leaders from across the United States who share our commitment and passion to seek an end to Alzheimer’s disease by 2020. They represent a wide diversity of interests and expertise and are led by four distinguished Honorary Co-Chairs: the Reverend Al Sharpton, Director of the National Action Network; Dr. David Satcher, Former Surgeon General of the United States; The Honorable Kay Coles James, Former Director of the Office of Personnel Management; and Ms. Melody Barnes, Former head of President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council.

Our founders are individuals recognized as civic, social, business, and professional leaders. Many have experienced the ravages of this disease first hand. All passionately believe that the disparate impact of Alzheimer’s—which affects African Americans at twice the rate that it does non-Hispanic white Americans—must be addressed.

  • 5.7 million

    Americans currently have Alzheimer’s disease.

  • 20%

    of Americans with the disease are African Americans, and they bear 33% of its national cost.

  • 4th

    Alzheimer's is the 4th leading cause of death among older African Americans.

The Costs of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia for African Americans

The economic burden of Alzheimer’s and other dementias for African Americans was $71.6 billion in 2012. Caregiving for African Americans with AD represents the bulk of these costs—more than 60%. More than 60% of the costs are borne by the families of African American women with AD, and close to half of the costs are concentrated in the southern states.

In the News

“We need to ban together to increase minority participation—and African American participation in particular—in clinical trials. It’s the only way to ensure that new drugs, treatments, and therapies are both safe and effective for our community.”

Stephanie Monroe

Director of AfricanAmericansAgainstAlzheimer’s


  • Resources

    Blacks & Alzheimer's Awareness Research Top Priorities

    The impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the Black community is cause for concern. Of the 5.2 million Americans with the disease, 1.1 million of them are African-American.

  • Resources

    Post and Courier - Black Americans are Twice as Likely

    Even though Vernon Williams first began to notice the signs of Alzheimer's disease two years ago, he Buy Now continues as business manager for the Samuel L. Hart Senior Center...

  • Resources

    Ebony - Forget Me Not

    When Frank Self of Waxhaw, N.C., noticed that his wife, Shirley, was becoming more and more forgetful a decade ago, he didn't think much of it.

  • Resources

    African Americans are more likely than whites to develop Alzheimer’s. Why?

    Gary Williams thought he had found a glimmer of hope. Six months earlier, his wife, Gwendolyn — 64 and a retired education professor at Bowie State University in Maryland — had been diagnosed...

  • Resources

    NIA: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

    Many older adults and their families are faced with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s important to know the signs of the disease and where to get help.

  • Resources

    NIA: Understanding Alzheimer’s Genes

    A person’s genes can affect how likely they are to develop Alzheimer’s disease.