Free Program Offers Tips for Aging Gracefully and Reducing Risk of Developing Alzheimer's

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           Alzheimer’s disease is the fourth-leading cause of death for African Americans, yet they are far less likely to participate in research related to cures and new treatments for the condition. Researchers at the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center want to change that.

Aging with Grace is a free interactive educational program for the African American community that offers tools and resources designed to help cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. The KU ADC program also highlights its clinical trials that are seeking volunteers.

Through previous research, Alzheimer’s and other dementias have been linked to cardiovascular factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Those findings have led doctors to encourage people to focus on lifestyle factors such as exercise and a nutritious diet to promote brain health.

In this video, Dr. Ashley Shaw, Ph.D., MPH, a postdoctoral fellow at the KU ADC and facilitator of Aging with Grace, talks about the program and ways to reduce the risk of developing dementia as well as clinical research opportunities at the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center.