Studies show that older African-Americans are almost twice as likely as whites to develop Alzheimer’s disease for genetic, biological and socioeconomic reasons. Diet and even the stress of experiencing racism can be factors.

Yet, relatively few African-Americans want to talk about Alzheimer’s, which is the leading cause of dementia. For historical reasons, even fewer want to participate in clinical research trials that could deliver benefits to themselves and future generations.

The effort to engage African-Americans on Alzheimer’s comes as the U.S. population ages and becomes more diverse. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a number expected to more than triple by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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