Exercise class aims to improve health, increase research retention among African Americans

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At the world’s largest convention for advancing Alzheimer’s disease research, the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, which was held July 16-20, 2017, in London, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center outreach specialist Fabu Carter spoke on the center’s unique program aiming to recruit and retain African Americans in Alzheimer’s disease research and the success the program has had. This program is comprised of an exercise class designed to help people get healthy and stay engaged in the study, as well as computer classes and a support group. The program has been successful, as last year the retention rate for African Americans in the research program increased by 4%.

The exercise class is supported by a grant from the Virginia Horne Henry Fund of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, which supports research and education programs focused on the benefits of physical activity for women. Grantee Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, PhD, is a professor of kinesiology in the UW School of Education with appointments in the departments of medicine and neurology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Edwards also serves as the Education, Outreach and Recruitment Core leader for the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

“Research focuses on African Americans, Alzheimer's disease” aired on WISC-TV Channel 3 on July 18, 2017, and was covered online at Channel 3000.