Recent Articles on Ethnic Elders Care Network

Donepezil May Have Short-Term Benefit for Mild Cognitive Impairment

People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) taking the drug donepezil were at reduced risk of progressing to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) for the first 18 months of a 3-year study when compared with their counterparts on placebo, according to a presentation of preliminary data from a recently completed clinical trial supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. read more »

Japanese Americans and Dementia

Recent studies suggest that the prevalence of dementia in Japan is similar to other countries but that Alzheimer’s disease is rare and vascular dementia is more common. The ratio of vascular disease to Alzheimer’s disease in Japan ranges from 1:1 to 3:1. Studies of Japanese Americans in Hawaii and Kings county suggest that the ratio in this group is similar to the rates reported in Caucasians in the United States and Europe. read more »

Chinese American and Dementia

The true prevalence of dementia is unknown since there are currently no large scale prospective population-based studies examining the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders among Chinese Americans. Huang et al. 2002 published the first systematic report of the socio-demographic characteristics of newly admitted older Chinese to an urban nursing home in the United States. read more »