Progress and future challenges in aging and diversity research in the United States

Paul Brewster, Lisa Barnes, Mary Haan, Julene K. Johnson, Jennifer J. Manly, Anna María Nápoles, Rachel A. Whitmer, Luis Carvajal-Carmona, Dawnte Early, Sarah Farias, Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, Rebecca Melrose, Oanh L. Meyer, Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, Ladson Hinton, Dan Mungas

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In 2016, the UC Davis Latino Aging Research Resource Center and UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center brought together experts from across the country to consolidate current knowledge and identify future directions in aging and diversity research. This report disseminates the research priorities that emerged from this conference, building on an earlier Gerontological Society of America preconference. We review key racial/ethnic differences in cognitive aging and dementia and identify current knowledge gaps in the field. We advocate for a systems-level framework for future research whereby environmental, sociocultural, behavioral, neuropathological, genetic, and psychometric levels of analysis are examined together to identify pathways and mechanisms that influence disparities. We then discuss steps to increase the recruitment and retention of racial/ethnic minorities in aging studies, as none of the recommendations will be possible without strong collaboration between racial/ethnic minority communities and researchers. This approach is consistent with the National Institute on Aging Health Disparities Research Framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)995-1003
Number of pages9
JournalAlzheimer's and Dementia
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2019


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cognitive aging
  • Epidemiology
  • Health disparities
  • Race/ethnicity

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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