Live chat with expert: Jason Resendez and Stephanie J. Monroe

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias disproportionately affect African Americans and Latinos. In fact, 20 percent of Americans living with the disease are African Americans and Latinos are 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed than non-Latino whites. Why are these communities of color more heavily impacted by dementia? Our partner, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s is a national advocacy organization dedicated to mobilizing advocates to demand a cure in deeply affected communities like those of African Americans, Latinos and women.

Join Home Instead gerontologist and caregiver advocate, Lakelyn Hogan, Jason Resendez, Director of the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Center for Brain Health Equity and head of the LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Coalition, along with Stephanie J. Monroe, Director of Equity and Access and Executive Director of AfricanAmericansAgainstAlzheimer’s for a panel discussion on dementia in communities of color, including:

  • Why these communities see a higher dementia diagnosis
  • The need for a proactive approach for health equality
  • How we can all help decrease the disparity gap

About the expert

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Jason Resendez and Stephanie J. Monroe
Jason Resendez is the Director of the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Center for Brain Health Equity and head of the LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Coalition. From clinical trial inclusion to paid family leave for dementia caregivers, he champions brain health equity at every level of the healthcare system. He is the co-author of “Latinos & Alzheimer's Disease: New Numbers Behind the Crisis,” a seminal report released with the USC Roybal Institute on Aging, and contributor to the NIA’s National Strategy for Recruitment and Participation in Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Clinical Research. Prior to UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, Jason held senior positions at the two of the nation’s leading Latino-serving organizations: UnidosUS and LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. Jason is a Google Next Generation Policy Leader, an Aspen Ideas Health Fellow, and he serves on the boards of the Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s and Consumers for Quality Care. Stephanie J. Monroe, Director of Equity and Access and Executive Director of AfricanAmericansAgainstAlzheimer’s, a network of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, founded in 2013. It’s the first national network created specifically to raise awareness of the impact of Alzheimer’s health disparities on communities of color and women, the need for greater minority participation in clinical trials, and the importance of all communities to begin to focusing on brain health and Alzheimer’s risk reduction strategies across the lifespan. Stephanie is an attorney with three decades of federal public policy experience including the role of Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights. Additionally, she’s held key staff positions in the United States Congress, including Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, as well as Staff Director of the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families.

One thought on “Alzheimer’s & Dementia in Communities of Color

  • Yvette Person

    I am an African American avocating for my eighty something years old uncle. He has some form of dementia and in need of help. He lives alone. Currently, he in in a short term rehab and will be released soon. He need home assistance urgently but he only has medicare. Can you please help?

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