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Perspectives of African American Older Adults on Brain Health: "Brains Get Tired Too".

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Statistics suggest that African Americans have a disproportionately high prevalence of Alzheimer disease (AD), yet are less likely to enroll in AD clinical trials than white individuals. Although research has previously identified various barriers to participation, relatively little is known about how to overcome these barriers and engage African American individuals in AD research. The purpose of this study is to better understand how African Americans conceptualize brain health and their ability to influence healthy brain aging.

METHODS

Three African American community advocates each facilitated a small group of African American participants over 8 to 10 sessions of a photovoice process involving discussion and sharing of images focused on brain health. Sessions were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim and photographs were uploaded.

FINDINGS

Participants recognized a diversity of what brain health can mean and indicated an interconnectedness between brain health and its influences. Key factors that were identified by group members as key to brain health included lifestyle factors, activity, and engagement and nature, resiliency, and positivity.

DISCUSSION

These emic insights into perceptions of brain health may represent important foci for targeted messaging strategies to promote brain health and research engagement within the African American population.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Graduate Center for Gerontology.African American Dementia Outreach Partnership, Lexington.Bluegrass Community and Technical College.Love's Angels Early Childhood Development Center, Paris, KY.College of Medicine.Behavioral Science.Department of Neurology and Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31335456

Citation

Bardach, Shoshana H., et al. "Perspectives of African American Older Adults On Brain Health: "Brains Get Tired Too"." Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 2019.
Bardach SH, Benton B, Walker C, et al. Perspectives of African American Older Adults on Brain Health: "Brains Get Tired Too". Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2019.
Bardach, S. H., Benton, B., Walker, C., Alfred, D. L., Ighodaro, E., Caban-Holt, A., & Jicha, G. A. (2019). Perspectives of African American Older Adults on Brain Health: "Brains Get Tired Too". Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, doi:10.1097/WAD.0000000000000335.
Bardach SH, et al. Perspectives of African American Older Adults On Brain Health: "Brains Get Tired Too". Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2019 Jul 19; PubMed PMID: 31335456.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Perspectives of African American Older Adults on Brain Health: "Brains Get Tired Too". AU - Bardach,Shoshana H, AU - Benton,Beverly, AU - Walker,Charlene, AU - Alfred,Doris Love, AU - Ighodaro,Eseosa, AU - Caban-Holt,Allison, AU - Jicha,Gregory A, Y1 - 2019/07/19/ PY - 2019/7/24/entrez JF - Alzheimer disease and associated disorders JO - Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord N2 - BACKGROUND: Statistics suggest that African Americans have a disproportionately high prevalence of Alzheimer disease (AD), yet are less likely to enroll in AD clinical trials than white individuals. Although research has previously identified various barriers to participation, relatively little is known about how to overcome these barriers and engage African American individuals in AD research. The purpose of this study is to better understand how African Americans conceptualize brain health and their ability to influence healthy brain aging. METHODS: Three African American community advocates each facilitated a small group of African American participants over 8 to 10 sessions of a photovoice process involving discussion and sharing of images focused on brain health. Sessions were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim and photographs were uploaded. FINDINGS: Participants recognized a diversity of what brain health can mean and indicated an interconnectedness between brain health and its influences. Key factors that were identified by group members as key to brain health included lifestyle factors, activity, and engagement and nature, resiliency, and positivity. DISCUSSION: These emic insights into perceptions of brain health may represent important foci for targeted messaging strategies to promote brain health and research engagement within the African American population. SN - 1546-4156 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31335456/Perspectives_of_African_American_Older_Adults_on_Brain_Health:_"Brains_Get_Tired_Too" L2 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/WAD.0000000000000335 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -