By Melissa Moody, Penn Medicine
Close your eyes and imagine a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Now open them. Is the person you imagined Black?
If not, maybe they should be, according to Penn Memory Center Neurologist Roy Hamilton, MD, MS, an associate professor of Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Perelman School of Medicine. “Looking at the relative prevalence of the disease in different populations, the prototypical person you imagine when you close your eyes ought to be Black or Latinx, because the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative conditions is so much higher in communities of color.”