Alzheimer’s is a devastating and often misunderstood disease. It is estimated that 5.4 million Americans are living with it, and a disproportionate number of them are Black.
There are various reasons why Black Americans are hit harder. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Blacks have a higher rate of vascular disease (involving blood vessels, including heart attack and stroke), one of the suspected risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition, Blacks tend to be diagnosed at a later stage of Alzheimer’s disease, limiting the
effectiveness of treatments that depend upon early intervention.
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