4,000 Hispanics over 65 are being sought for Alzheimer’s study

Scientists in South Florida are seeking to recruit Hispanics over 65 years of age who present symptoms of dementia, to collaborate with research that leads to a better understanding of the Alzheimer disease.

This is the Dawn study, a study by the Hussmann Institute in Miami, dedicated to understanding the risk conditions for Alzheimer’s disease. in Hispanics compared to other populations.

The objective’s mission is to recruit 4 thousand Hispanics from the East Coast of the United States.

“We included people with and without memory problems in the study. We recruited people over 65 years of age to assess their cognitive process over the next five years,” said geneticist Katrina Celis from the Hussmann Institute.

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia and develops slowly, worsening over time.

The deterioration of cells (with Alzheimer’s) is part of the brain, causing memory loss, language impairment, cognitive problems and problems in daily human activities,” adds Dr. Celis.

In the state of Florida, it is expected that by 2025, the disease of Alzheimer grow by 24 percent. Many Latinos and African Americans live there, who are more predisposed to suffer from the disease.

The study involves evaluations of blood samples and neurocognitive tests, in addition to analyzing their socioeconomic conditions as part of the risks of developing the disease.

So far, there are only medications and treatments on the market for early stages of the disease, hence the importance of detecting it as soon as possible.