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African American Dementia and Aging Project

The overall goal of the African American Dementia and Aging Project (AADAPt) is to improve our understanding of age related memory loss in African Americans.

Oregon has perhaps a relatively unique challenge in reaching our African American minority group in that the number of elderly African Americans is relatively small, consisting of only 5,282 individuals over the age of 65 in the entire state (U.S. Census 2010). Thus we are trying to reach a minority group among minorities in our area. Despite these challenges, AADAPt has been highly successful. We have enrolled over 100 highly committed individuals in the study and continue to follow them at 6-month intervals. We have also been able to share our data, as requested, with researchers from all over the United States.

For more information, please contact Tiffany Kirkpatrick at kirkpatri@ohsu.edu or 503 494-2367