HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – The Alzheimer’s Affiliation launched new findings of their Info and Figures Report.
The outcomes present an estimated 6.2 million Individuals reside with Alzheimer’s and 150,000 of these are in Virginia. Nevertheless, that quantity is predicted to rise to 190,000 by 2025.
Marie Kolendo, the senior government director of the Central and Western and Higher Richmond Alzheimer’s Affiliation, mentioned a particular report discovered that discrimination is a barrier for Alzheimer’s care.
Kolendo mentioned nationwide research counsel the outcomes discovered 36% of Black Individuals and 18% of Hispanic Individuals consider that discrimination can be a barrier to Alzheimer’s care. The examine added that half of Black Individuals report they’ve skilled healthcare discrimination and 50% of non-white caregivers have skilled discrimination in healthcare settings.
The outcomes additionally discovered many minority communities need healthcare suppliers who perceive their experiences and backgrounds, however doubt this would be the case.
“There nonetheless is figure to be achieved to deal with racial and ethnic disparities,” Kolendo mentioned. “It is extremely necessary that each particular person really feel snug going and reaching out to their medical suppliers and receiving top quality care.”
Kolendo mentioned if a affected person experiences discrimination, they could be deterred from searching for medical care which is able to trigger well being issues.
She mentioned there must be extra range in care that displays the demographics of those that have the illness, and mentioned the affiliation is working to resolve this drawback.
In the event you want to view these info and figures you could find them here.
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