Challenges to the recognition and assessment of Alzheimer's disease in American Indians of the southwestern United States

Trudy Griffin-Pierce, Nina Silverberg, Donald Connor, Minnie Jim, Jill Peters, Alfred Kaszniak, Marwan N. Sabbagh

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Little is known about Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related neurodegenerative diseases in American Indian (AI) populations. To provide appropriate health care to elder AIs, whose population is expected to increase dramatically during the next 50 years, it is imperative to attain a better understanding of the interaction of culture and disease in this underserved population. Raising awareness in the AI population regarding the nature of dementia as it compares to normal aging and the development of culturally appropriate instruments to detect and stage AD are essential for future health care efforts. Barriers restricting clinical service to this population include historical factors relating to access to health care, cultural beliefs regarding aging, demographic diversity of the population, competing epidemiologic risk factors, and lack of proper assessment tools for clinicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-299
Number of pages9
JournalAlzheimer's and Dementia
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008



  • Alzheimer's disease
  • American Indian
  • Elder health research
  • Mental status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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