The Alzheimer’s Association Rochester & Finger Lakes Region held its seventh annual Health Conference in Spanish language on March 8.
More than 80 participants from the Greater Rochester area attended the event at Monroe Community Hospital.
Older Hispanics are about one and one-half times more likely than older whites to have Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Hector M. González, the keynote speaker at the conference and associate professor of neurosciences at University of California, San Diego, shared the latest research findings on Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the Hispanic communities.
“Hispanics are underrepresented in Alzheimer’s research. We need to encourage our community members to take part in clinical trials,” said González.
His research focuses on Latino health in general, with emphasis on brain aging, decline, and Alzheimer’s disease. González is also the principal investigator of the Study of Latinos — Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging.
When a new drug is developed, it is important to know that it will work as well in Latinos as it does in other groups. Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch is a free clinical studies matching service. Visit alz.org to learn more about TrialMatch.
“The Alzheimer’s Association, now in our 37th year of service, is proud to support our Hispanic community members who are affected by dementia. We want you to know that we will advocate for funding to support research and walk this journey with you until the day when we can all celebrate a cure for dementia,” Teresa A. Galbier, president/CEO, Alzheimer’s Association Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter, said in her opening remarks.
Medicare payments for Hispanics with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are 7 percent higher than those for their white counterparts. Health conditions such as diabetes are suspected risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias among all groups. However, diabetes is more prevalent in the Hispanic community, according to 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s Association. The keynote presentation also emphasized the importance of healthy lifestyles for maintaining brain health.