Alzheimer's Disease (AD) in African-American Elderly
Harris County hopes blacks will seek help for Alzheimer's
Studies suggest more suffer brain disease than whites, but it is often unreported
By LESLIE CASIMIR
Oct. 15, 2007, 12:22AM
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle
Officials from the Harris County Area Agency on Aging hope to highlight this issue and stop the cycle of denial and silence. Last week, health officials released The Book of Alzheimer's for African-American Churches, which explains Alzheimer's and the crisis enveloping the community.
About 20,000 copies will be distributed in the Houston area, county officials said. The book is filled with local voices that explain the basic facts of the disease. It also offers practical advice on how loved ones should help the afflicted and seek outside support. County officials say they hope that worshippers will trust and embrace the information.
"African-Americans appear less likely to request help and use community resources than caregivers in the other groups," said Dr. Victor Narcisse, a local gerontologist who is featured in the book and has conducted research on this form of dementia among blacks. "There is a tendency to take care of things, which is fine, but it is very difficult to take care of a person with Alzheimer's disease."
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