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UC Davis creates center for aging Latinos

Thanks to $3M grant from the National Institute on Aging

UC Davis has established a research center for aging Latinos, thanks to a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.

About a third of Central Valley residents at Latino, and they face health disparities as they age. Socioeconomic disadvantage and a lack of adequate health care place a disproportionate burden on their families because Latinos traditionally care for family members at home.

The center is one of seven funded for minority acting research in the nation and the only one focused on aging Latino cognitive health.

The program includes faculty at both the schools of medicine and nursing and builds on leadership in Latino mental-health disparities and cognitive decline at the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities.

The research center, which is virtual, will build on an established network of academic centers, community leaders and agencies serving large numbers of Latinos in the Central Valley.

Initial pilot projects will study barriers to and benefits of volunteer work that improves cognitive health; explore caregiver experiences and patient health, and examine the impact of neighborhoods on risk of diabetes among older Latinos.

For more information on the Latino Aging Research Resource Center, call 916-734-3485.

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