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A study from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has found success in a new approach to prevent further memory loss in older African-Americans. It’s not a pharmaceutical treatment — in fact, no medications are involved at all. Instead, it’s behavioral.

The study paired older, black patients who were in the early stages of memory loss with community health workers, who helped them develop a plan to increase their social, cognitive and physical activity.

Older black Americans are twice as likely to develop dementia than white Americans.

To explain why, past research has suggested that genetics might be a contributing factor. Lately, evidence is mounting that it is the lived experience of African-Americans, often marked by more adversity starting at a young age,…

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