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There is a critical need for African-American clinical trial participants. Join a study today and help move research forward tomorrow.

African-Americans are at a higher risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Many Americans dismiss the warning signs of Alzheimer's, believing that these symptoms are a normal part of aging. This is of even greater concern for African-Americans, who are two times more likely to develop late-onset Alzheimer's disease than whites and less likely to have a diagnosis of their condition, resulting in less time for treatment and planning. By working together, we hope to reduce the risk factors and reverse the growing trend of Alzheimer's disease among African-Americans. Sign up for our e-newsletter and get the latest info on treatments, research and care.

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  • Leading the Way

    Solomon Carter Fuller, M.D., was one of the first known black psychiatrists and worked alongside Dr. Alois Alzheimer.
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The Alzheimer’s Association is proud to partner with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® (AKA) to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and increase education, care and support resources in the African-American community. This national partnership will engage both campus and alumni members of AKA through local community outreach efforts and participation in The Longest Day®, a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association that takes place annually on the summer solstice.

Watch the AKA/Alzheimer's Association partnership video >

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