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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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