Racial and Ethnic Differences in Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge Among Community-Dwelling Middle-Aged and Older Adults in Florida

Sadaf Milani, Shawnta Lloyd, Linda B. Cottler, Catherine W. Striley

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Abstract

Objective: To compare Alzheimer’s disease (AD) knowledge by race and ethnicity in a community sample of middle-aged and older adults aged 50 and over in Florida. Method: Data from HealthStreet, a University of Florida community engagement program, which uses community health workers to assess the health conditions, concerns, and knowledge of community members, was used (n = 842). A multivariate regression model was used to quantify differences in AD knowledge by race and ethnicity. Results: Older age and recruitment from Miami were associated with higher AD knowledge while being non-Hispanic Black, reporting male sex, having less than high school diploma, and reporting food insecurity were associated with lower AD knowledge. Discussion: Hispanics had comparable AD knowledge to non-Hispanic Whites and more knowledge than non-Hispanic Blacks after adjusting for other factors that could differentiate these groups. Almost half of the participants did not know hypertension is a risk factor for AD, highlighting a point of intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of aging and health
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • ethnicity
  • health disparities
  • Hispanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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Racial and Ethnic Differences in Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge Among Community-Dwelling Middle-Aged and Older Adults in Florida. / Milani, Sadaf; Lloyd, Shawnta; Cottler, Linda B.; Striley, Catherine W.

In: Journal of aging and health, 01.01.2019.

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