Authors: Siobhan Bennett (Future Science Group)
Very little research is known about the correlation between dementia progression and the LGBT community. The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC; 14–18 July 2019, Los Angeles, CA, USA) is reporting multiple interesting studies exploring this, plus the first clinical intervention for LGBT people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and caregivers.
First study of an LGBT-specific Alzheimer’s and dementia intervention
Adults in the LGBT community have demonstrated a higher rate of cognitive impairment when compared with heterosexual adults of similar ages. To advance the research into AD in the LGBT community, Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen (University of Washington; WA, USA) created the aging with pride: innovations in dementia empowerment and action (IDEA) study.