Hispanic people are 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
Nearly 7 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, an irreversible and devastating form of dementia that gradually breaks down memory and thinking skills.
But not everyone is equally at risk. Hispanic people are 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than white people, according to data from the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Our America: Unforgettable” is an hour-long special produced by ABC Owned Television Stations in partnership with ABC News that takes a look at the alarming data of Alzheimer’s disease through a Hispanic and Latino lens.
It’s important for groups at higher risk to know the signs of Alzheimer’s disease, said Christian Salazar, a research scientist at the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders.
“There are older Latinos who have cultural beliefs that losing your memory is a normal part of aging. That’s not the case,” Salazar told ABC News. “You can occasionally forget things and that’s a normal part of aging.”
He continued, “Or you can have individuals who have very stark changes in their personalities in how they were able to live day-to-day and remember things. That abrupt change is a clear symptom that something is wrong.”
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