Progress and future challenges in aging and diversity research in the United States

Alzheimers Dement. 2019 Jul;15(7):995-1003. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2018.07.221. Epub 2018 Sep 19.

Abstract

In 2016, the UC Davis Latino Aging Research Resource Center and UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center brought together experts from across the country to consolidate current knowledge and identify future directions in aging and diversity research. This report disseminates the research priorities that emerged from this conference, building on an earlier Gerontological Society of America preconference. We review key racial/ethnic differences in cognitive aging and dementia and identify current knowledge gaps in the field. We advocate for a systems-level framework for future research whereby environmental, sociocultural, behavioral, neuropathological, genetic, and psychometric levels of analysis are examined together to identify pathways and mechanisms that influence disparities. We then discuss steps to increase the recruitment and retention of racial/ethnic minorities in aging studies, as none of the recommendations will be possible without strong collaboration between racial/ethnic minority communities and researchers. This approach is consistent with the National Institute on Aging Health Disparities Research Framework.

Keywords: Alzheimer's disease; Cognitive aging; Epidemiology; Health disparities; Race/ethnicity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Aging*
  • Alzheimer Disease* / epidemiology
  • Alzheimer Disease* / ethnology
  • Biomedical Research*
  • Continental Population Groups*
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Humans
  • Minority Groups*
  • Patient Selection
  • United States