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 Legitimate Matters Films is currently seeking subjects to participate in featured length documentary on Alzheimer’s Disease, an African American Crisis.  You or someone you know would be interested in sharing your story on film, please contact William Parris at wparris@LegitimateMatters.com – Please place in subject line: Alzheimer’s Documentary Subject

According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 facts and figures, 5.7 Million Americans are Living with Alzheimer’s Disease. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million. It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth-leading cause of death among those age 65 and older. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. In 2018, Alzheimer’s and other Dementias will cost the nation 277 billion. By 2050, these costs could rise as high as 1.1 Trillion.

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African Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's or other dementias as older whites. Hispanics are also threatened with Alzheimer’s and other dementias at about 1 ½ times that of non-Hispanic whites. African Americans and Hispanics represent a small fraction of those in trials (1.5 percent). Both African Americans and Hispanics lack a presence in medical trials, which complicates the efforts to broadly test potential treatments, making it that much more difficult to determine why some groups get Alzheimer’s more frequently than others.

William Parris interviews Dr. Izri M. Martinez Soto, and Dr. Penelope Baez from the Taub Institute for Research on the Aging Brain | Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Martinez Soto and Dr. Baez explain genetic testing and research questions associated with the evaluation process for Alzheimer’s Disease and measure to which African Americans are at risk of developing this devastating disease.


Alzheimer’s Disease – Medical/Test Evaluation

5.7 Million Americans are Living with Alzheimer’s Disease. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million. It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth-leading cause of death among those age 65 and older. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. In 2018, Alzheimer’s and other Dementias will cost the nation 277 billion. By 2050, these costs could rise as high as 1.1 Trillion.

African Americans are twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older whites. Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older whites. African Americans are practically non-existent in clinical Alzheimer’s trials: Despite representing more than 20 percent of the 5.7 million Americans who have the disease, African Americans account for only 3 to 5 percent of trial participants, according to researchers.


Alzheimer’s Disease, an African Americans Crisis!

Did you know Hispanics are 1.5 x more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease than Whites and African Americans are 2x as likely to develop this devastating disease? Yet, African Americans are practically non-existent in Alzheimer’s Disease research or testing. Why is that? William Parris interviews Dr. Christiane Reitz, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology at Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain - Columbia University Medical Center | Should you be concerned? This episode covers vital statistical information and early detection signs about this public crisis. There is a realistic chance, that you or someone you love, may develop some form of dementia.


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