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Ishan Canty Williams: Understanding Dementia
April 19 at 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Social Sciences Forum presents Ishan Canty Williams, associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, who will speak on Understanding Dementia: The Vital Importance of Engaging Diverse Older Adults with Dementia and their Communities in Research.
This lecture will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and related syndromes (ADRD) and the risks associated with ADRD. Discussion will follow on how ADRD disproportionately affects persons of African American ethnicity, yet people who identify as Black/African American adults are consistently underrepresented in AD research. The lecture concludes with a focus on innovative approaches to engaging diverse older adults and their communities to improve diversity in AD research.
Ishan Williams, who teaches health policy, evidence-based practice, health promotion and population health, and culture and diversity courses, studies quality of life and healthcare among older adults and their family caregivers, with a particular eye on vulnerable populations. Her current research focuses on quality of life issues among older adults with dementia, chronic disease management for older adults with Type 2 diabetes, and a study on the link between cognition and vascular problems among African-American adults.
Please join this event online via Webex. (Password SP22SSF if needed.)
Organized by the Erickson School of Aging Studies, and co-sponsored by The Hilltop Institute; the Delta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega; the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health; the Office of Equity & Inclusion; the UMB/UMBC Doctoral Program in Gerontology; and the Center for Research on Aging.