New Research Finds Blacks Have Highest Rates of Dementia, Asians the Lowest

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In what is being called the largest study of ethnic disparities in dementia risk, researchers at Kaiser and UCSF found that African Americans have the highest rates of dementia among six major ethnic groups. The study also found that Asian Americans had the lowest rate. We talk with Rachel Whitmer, the lead investigator of the study, about the findings and what it means for the future of dementia research and treatment.


Rachel Whitmer, senior scientist, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research; principal investigator on the Kaiser-UCSF study "Inequalities in Dementia Between Six Racial and Ethnic Groups Over 14 Years"