Lowering the Price and Risk of Dementia

Lowering the Price and Risk of Dementia

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Linda Elam, CEO and Plan President, Amerigroup District of Columbia, Inc. and George Vrandenburg, Chairman and Co-Founder, USAgainstAlzheimer’s interviewed by Nora Super, Senior Director, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging.

Longer lifespans are perhaps one of the greatest success stories of our modern public health system. But along with this success comes one of our greatest challenges to healthy longevity – our risk of developing dementia doubles every five years after we turn 65. Women and minorities, especially African Americans and Latinos, are disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias – both as patients and caregivers. With no cure in sight, it is imperative that we double down on efforts to reduce risk, maintain cognitive function, and preserve brain health. Linda Elam and George Vradenburg discuss what we can do as individuals and as a society to improve brain health, reduce disparities, and ultimately change the trajectory of this disease.

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Published November 14, 2019