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date: 18 April 2024

Using Lifestyle Interventions to Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk in African Americanslocked

Using Lifestyle Interventions to Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk in African Americanslocked

  • Robert L. Newton, Jr., Robert L. Newton, Jr.Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • George W. Rebok, George W. RebokBloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • Andrew McLeodAndrew McLeodInstitute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois Chicago
  •  and Owen CarmichaelOwen CarmichaelPennington Biomedical Research Center


Currently, there are no pharmacological interventions that have been shown to reduce the risk of developing dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease. However, it is recognized that modifiable behaviors are associated with increased risk of developing dementias. Lifestyle interventions are designed to assist participants in changing these modifiable behaviors. Typical behaviors targeted include dietary intake, sleep patterns, and social, cognitive, and physical activities. It is hypothesized that these effects occur through physiological and biological pathways. African Americans have a high risk of developing dementias, and altering lifestyle behaviors may be effective for reducing risk in this population. Identifying these interventions is important, as effective interventions for a majority non-Hispanic White population do not necessarily translate into effective interventions for African Americans.


  • Behavioral Science and Health Education
  • Special Populations

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