News Release: Research , School of Medicine , Woodruff Health Sciences

Oct. 17,  2011

Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Presents "Aging Well for People of Color"

Initiatives Aim to Promote Education, Research Participation Among Minorities

News Article ImageMonica Willis Parker, MD, assistant professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Emory University and Principal Investigator for the Registry for Remembrance

The Emory University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Emory Center for Health in Aging and the Registry for Remembrance will host a free community forum, "Aging Well for People of Color." The event, slated for Monday, October 31, 2011 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Carter Center, brings together experts from all disciplines to educate attendees on many aspects of healthy aging, including memory loss, cognitive dysfunction, nutrition and exercise.

"Both African Americans and Hispanics are more likely than whites to develop Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias in their lifetime, but they are less likely to be properly diagnosed,” says Monica Parker, MD, assistant professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Emory University. "Through this forum, we hope to empower our aging population with tips for aging healthily."

 The forum also will highlight opportunities to participate in research on Alzheimer's Disease and dementia through the Registry for Remembrance, a research registry that aims to improve the participation of African Americans, Hispanics and other ethnic elders in longitudinal neurologic research.  

“The goal of the Registry for Remembrance is to conduct a study of how Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias affect persons of color and then to provide resources for them to learn about and cope with their diagnosis,” says Parker, who is the principal investigator for the Registry for Remembrance.

For more information on the Registry for Remembrance or the Emory University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, visit http://www.med.emory.edu/ADRC  
To register for the "Aging Well for People of Color" forum, e-mail your RSVP to R4Rcommforum@gmail.com.

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