Once a year, participants will come to the East Bay clinic to get a medical exam by a neurologist. Participants will also take part in face-to-face paper and pencil tests given by a specially trained psychologist. Each exam takes about two hours. In the first year, participants will also get an MRI brain scan at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. Brain scans will be repeated every couple of years as needed. Your doctor can receive a report of these examinations at your choosing. We ask that you bring a study partner (e.g., friend, family member or caregiver) who knows you well and is available to accompany you to all clinic visits for the duration of the study. The clinic assessment and brain scan are at no cost to you. In addition, we will provide transportation and reimburse you for your time.
We bundle all of the patient data together and analyze it collectively in group format. Your personal information always remains anonymous. This study’s goal is to understand the changes in the brain and body associated with early signs of the disease. Specifically, the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center East Bay focuses on understanding why Alzheimer’s disease affects the Black community more often and more severely than the White or Latino communities.
African-American older adults, 65 years and older, who are willing and able to complete cognitive, imaging and medical examinations.