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Alzheimer's in African Americans 02

Zumba class at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey

A major effort is underway to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia for older African Americans. Neurologist Mark Gluck of Rutgers University-Newark is leading a team that will use a five-year $1-million grant from the New Jersey Department of Health – obtained through a competition among states for funding from the Department of Health and Human Services – to teach people how to protect their brains through exercise.

“African Americans have twice the rate of Alzheimer’s disease as compared to the broader population,” says Gluck, a professor at the Rutgers Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience and co-director of Rutgers’ African-American Brain Health InitiativeGluck and his team hope to demonstrate how exercise improves memory and cognitive vitality, reducing people’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

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