In celebration of Black History Month, we’d like to recognize African-Americans who are working tirelessly in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research. We also invite you to learn more about the accomplishments of Solomon Carter Fuller, M.D., the first known black psychiatrist in America and an early pioneer in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Dr. Fuller collaborated with Dr. Alois Alzheimer, identifying the disease we now know as Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Fuller’s legacy lives on in the many inspiring African-American doctors and researchers working toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for this devastating disease. You can learn more about their crucial research contributions on our website.
And yet, we have much more work to do. We still don’t know what causes Alzheimer’s and why African-Americans are about two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than whites. They are also less likely to receive a diagnosis, which results in less time for treatment and planning.
But thanks to friends like you, the Alzheimer’s Association is furthering research to reduce risk factors and reverse the growing trend of Alzheimer’s for all communities while continuing to provide care and support for those affected by this fatal disease. Your generosity helps provide these services — and hope for the future.
We appreciate your compassion on behalf of the more than 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s. Thank you.