Epidemiology of Dementia and Cognitive Decline in Diverse Populations

Release: June 15, 2021
Expiration: June 15, 2023


Lisa Barnes, Ph.D.
Alla V. and Solomon Jesmer Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush Medical College
Neuropsychologist, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Chicago, IL

Lisa L. Barnes, Ph.D. is the Alla V. and Solomon Jesmer Endowed Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, and is a cognitive neuropsychologist within the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center (RADC) at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in biopsychology from the University of Michigan and completed a three-year, National Institutes of Health-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Barnes’ research focuses on the epidemiology of cognitive aging, with an emphasis on understanding the mechanisms of cognitive health disparities among older Blacks living with Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases of aging.

As the principal investigator of the Minority Aging Research Study — a 15-year longitudinal, clinical-pathologic study of more than 800 Blacks without dementia — and clinical core leader of the African American Core at the RADC, Barnes is a leading expert on race and aging, and has published close to 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and six book chapters. She has received numerous awards for her work from professional societies, colleges and universities, and community-based organizations. She serves on a number of external advisory boards for Alzheimer’s disease research centers and health disparities centers. She is a committed advocate for the recruitment and engagement of under-represented groups in clinical research and provides extensive education to research participants, their families, and the general Black population to raise awareness and de-stigmatize Alzheimer’s dementia.

Sponsorship This is an Alzheimer’s Association activity
Funding Statement Earn complimentary CME credit.
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Target Audience / Intended Audience This activity is intended to meet the educational needs of primary care clinicians including internists, family physicians, radiologists, neurologists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are seeking additional education in the assessment, diagnosis and ongoing health care of patients with cognitive impairment and dementia.
Statement of Need / Activity Purpose

Address the gaps of clinical manifestations, healthcare disparities, and epidemiology among the underserved populations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the racial and ethnic disparities in dementia and cognitive impairment
  • Describe risk factors for cognitive aging as they relate to diverse populations 
Method of Participation
and Request for Credit

This curriculum will take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
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Credit Designation

Physician Continuing Medical Education
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education
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Continuing Psychologist Education
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Faculty Disclosures

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies. All identified conflicts of interest (COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high-quality accredited continuing education activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.

The faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities related to the educational content of this CME/ CE program:

Faculty Name and Degree(s)

Dr. Lisa Barnes has nothing to disclose.
The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The Alzheimer’s Association planners and others have nothing to disclose.

Hardware and Software Requirements 

Hardware/Software Requirements:

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