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Participants needed for study on reducing dementia risk and memory loss in the African American community

Healthy Aging Through the Senior Years Study

The Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute is currently conducting a study gathering needed information to learn how to prevent or reduce the risk and burden of dementia and memory loss in the African American community.

Healthy Aging Through the Senior Years Study (HATS) is an opportunity for older African Americans in the Twin Cities to participate in a five-year study of brain health, memory and thinking (cognitive) abilities. Participants will help researchers identify potential risk factors associated with memory and thinking problems, dementia, and general health including heart health in the Black community.

HHRI is currently in need of study participants. Clinical staff and other employees are invited to help direct potential participants to the study webpage for details and contact information. Study participants will be compensated for their time and contribution to this study.

Requirements to participate:

  • English speakers
  • Self-identify as Black
  • Age 55+
  • Able to participate in one appointment every 15 months over five years (4 appointments total). Additionally, there will be a brief phone call twice a year to assess any changes between appointments.
  • This is a community-based population study, so eligible participants will generally be living independently, ie, not in a nursing home or memory care setting.
  • Participants will be asked to identify a study partner who knows them well and can provide information about their health, memory and thinking abilities.
  • The study also involves having a sample of blood drawn and a small urine sample collected.

View the flyer for more details. For questions, please email


News credit:

Scanner News 8/14/2023

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