June, the Alzheimer’s Association boosts awareness of brain health during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, shining a light on Alzheimer’s disease and other devastating dementias that affect more than 55 million people worldwide.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s is growing — and growing fast.” In fact, more than 6.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. By 2050, that number is expected to surge to nearly 13 million. As with many other conditions, diversity matters. Statistics show that:
- Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women
- Older Black Americans are about twice as likely as older Whites to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias
- Older Hispanics are 1.5 times as likely as older Whites to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias
Researchers are using data from the All of Us Research Program to explore the roles health disparities, socioeconomic factors, and precision medicine play in disease risk, prevention, and treatment. This month, join the Alzheimer’s Association in striving to end Alzheimer’s and learn more about the different ways All of Usresearchers are working to uncover patterns of the disease in diverse populations.