The core tenets of the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (JHAD-RCMAR) are based on:
- Mentoring early stage investigators from underrepresented backgrounds in minority aging and health disparities research, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD).
- Conducting epidemiological, preventive, and intervention research that addresses ADRD in later life within a multi-level framework that encompasses individuals, families, social networks, and communities.
- Engaging communities and health care providers – especially family caregivers, primary care practices, communities of faith, and faith organizations – as our partners in recognizing dementia, and developing interventions with the potential to prevent cognitive decline and reduce ADRD dementia risk and disparities in minority older adults.
The JHAD-RCMAR uses a life course perspective encompassing biological, behavioral, and community factors contributing to cognitive impairment and dementia in older minority adults.