I was honored to interview two renowned people from the Alzheimer’s Association before the start of this year’s International Conference. The AAIC is the largest and most influential international meeting dedicated to advancing dementia science. Each year, AAIC convenes the world’s leading basic science and clinical researchers, next-generation investigators, clinicians, and the care research community to share research discoveries that’ll lead to methods of prevention and treatment and improvements in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
My first guest is Rebecca M. Edelmayer, Ph.D. As senior director, Scientific Engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association. You can read her bio here.
Dr. Edelmayer and I discussed three topics that were presented at the conference. First up is how improving air quality reduces dementia risk. Both increasing levels of air pollution and increasing cases of dementia are worldwide public health crises. While research has previously linked air quality and cognition, these new data at AAIC 2021 explore how air pollutants might impact dementia and what reducing them might mean for long-term brain health.
Our second topic discussed was how an increase in education could lower your dementia risk. However, the increase in education is offset by poor lifestyle choices like smoking.
Our third and final topic covered focused on the transgender community. According to two studies presented at the conference, Transgender and gender nonbinary adults in the U.S. are more likely to report worsening memory and thinking functional limitations and depression than cisgender (non-transgender) adults.
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I found this topic fascinating, and I learned a few new things. I haven’t had many interactions with the transgender community and none when we’re talking about Alzheimer’s.
If you’re interested in furthering your knowledge about the potential causes and preventions of Alzheimer’s, this is the episode to tune in and hear.
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