Reducing Health and Economic Disparities in Dementia Care

2020 Future of Health Summit

Reducing Health and Economic Disparities in Dementia Care



December 8 at 7:30 am PT/10:30 am ET


Health and economic disparities have been brought into sharp focus as the coronavirus makes a disproportionate impact on communities of color. The same disparities reflect underlying social determinants of health that double and even quadruple the risk of developing dementia for African American and Latinx populations. The burden is especially heavy for women, not only because of the disease itself but because women bear the greater responsibility for caregiving. This session will summarize key lessons learned and recommendations to reduce these disparities, which were developed during a stakeholder roundtable sponsored by the Milken Institute Alliance to Improve Dementia Care. Leading experts will discuss the effect of social determinants on brain health, the role of health and long-term care systems in reducing dementia disparities, and strategies to extend dementia-supportive networks into communities of color.


Katie Brandt
Director, Caregiver Support Services and Public Relations, Mass General Hospital Frontotemporal Disorders Unit

Lenise Cummings-Vaughn
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science, Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis

Terry Montgomery
Advisory Board Member, Dementia Action Alliance; Advocate Living with Dementia

Kai Walker
Head of Inclusion Transformation, Retirement and Personal Wealth Solutions, Bank of America


Sarah Lock
Senior Vice President, Policy and Brain Health, AARP; Executive Director, Global Council on Brain Health

Published December 8, 2020