Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center receives grant for outreach efforts

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | Aug. 30, 2017

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The Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) has received a $50,000 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) to support education and community outreach efforts geared to African Americans in metro Atlanta.

“Here at the Emory ADRC we are invested in stopping Alzheimer’s and a core component of our center is dedicated to African Americans who are disproportionately affected by this disease. We appreciate this grant from the AFA as it will support our goals of providing education, screening and research information to help reduce the racial disparities related to Alzheimer’s”, says James Lah, MD, PhD, director, Emory ADRC clinical core.

“AFA is pleased that we can support the work of the ADRC at Emory University,” says Bert E. Brodsky, Founder and Board Chairman of Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. “They have gone to great lengths to connect people with Alzheimer’s related educational, training, health and research programs, all aimed at improving life for those living with the disease. This will help them further enhance their efforts and continue making a difference.”

Alzheimer’s disease is currently the sixth leading cause of the death in the U.S. and 4th for African Americans. African-American senior adults are twice as likely to develop the disease compared to European Americans. The new grant will enable the ADRC to hold additional outreach and educational events and strengthen community partnerships to encourage more African Americans to be proactive with their cognitive health.  

“African Americans are often diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at later stages of the disease. Our community education events are important vehicles for creating awareness about the disease and research participation, which is essential for finding an effective cure”, says Monica W. Parker, MD, assistant professor of neurology and ADRC education core member.

About Emory University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC)

The Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is the only National Institutes of Health designated ADRC in the Southeast, signifying the highest status an institution can receive in Alzheimer's research and care.  Emory's ADRC is a magnet for patients in the region, a catalyst for research and a vital source of training and education for the community and other professionals. For more information about the Emory ADRC, please visit http://alzheimers.emory.edu.

About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA):

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide in the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a national, toll-free helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, educational conferences and materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, the National Memory Screening Program, and “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for healthcare professionals. For more information about AFA, visit www.alzfdn.org,