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Groups Seek To Address Cultural Barriers To Alzheimer's Disease Care

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The Alzheimer's Association and other groups have begun a campaign to address cultural barriers to care for dementia patients in minority communities, the Boston Globereports. As part of the campaign -- which targets blacks, Hispanics,Asian-Americans and other ethnic and racial groups, the association hasdeveloped and distributed educational materials in English and Spanishfor patients and physicians.

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In addition, the association plans tolaunch a media campaign in English and Spanish and increase efforts tohelp physicians identify patients at risk for dementia.

"Drivingthe initiatives is concern that increasing numbers of African-Americansand Latinos are at high risk of Alzheimer's and other types of dementiabecause they have cardiovascular disease or diabetes and because theyare reaching their 60s, 70s and 80s, when dementia typically strikes,"the Globe reports.

In addition, some recent studies alsohave found that minorities are more likely than whites to developdementia and Alzheimer's. The association also seeks to ensure thatminorities have access to new treatments for dementia (Dembner, Boston Globe, 7/23).

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