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BLACK MENTAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
Alzheimer's in African Americans
Alzheimer’s, also known as Senile Dementia, is a disease that hinders memory, degenerates brain cells, and damages other important mental functions that is usually diagnosed at 65 years of age. Many scientists are doing various studies and finding that there is an increasing number of cases of Alzheimer’s in the black community. In some cases, we see the chances of a person of color being diagnosed with this disease is up to 100% more likely than Caucasians and nearly 50% higher than Hispanics. Genetics and head trauma/injuries are high risk factors of this disease but why is it higher amongst African Americans? Because this type of dementia can also be caused by certain health conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke, diabetes, and other heart conditions.
How can we prevent this?
As we age, we tend to wind down and relax forgetting that if we do not use it, we lose it. Staying active, having a healthy diet, healthy social life, staying clear from alcohol and tobacco products, and exercising the mind and body can help prevent many forms of dementia. We are growing GOLD not growing OLD!
News For YOU
Due to not having the access to proper healthcare and the absence of urgency to get our breast exams as needed, black women have one of the highest breast cancer mortality rates. But guess who else is up there? ALL MEN. Although the men only account for a small percentage of breast cancer diagnosis they are more likely to succumb to its difficulties and die due to delay in seeking medical attention. Clinics and hospitals barely have regulations for self and breast exams. Men are also more likely to be diagnosed in a later stage with more advanced complications. How often have you heard of a man being told to do a self-exam or get a breast exam? Ladies and Gentlemen, please stop thinking it wouldn’t happen to you because it can!
Women starting as early as age 40 should get yearly exams.
All men with BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 should get a yearly exam starting at age 35.
BUT WE ALL NEED TO DO SELF-EXAMS OFTEN!
Stay Well, Family!
APA's Apology to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
On January 18, 2021, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the oldest national physician association in the country, is taking an important step in addressing racism in psychiatry. The APA is beginning the process of making amends for both the direct and indirect acts of racism in psychiatry. The APA Board of Trustees (BOT) apologizes to its members, patients, their families, and the public for enabling discriminatory and prejudicial actions within the APA and racist practices in psychiatric treatment for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). The APA is committed to identifying, understanding, and rectifying our past injustices, as well as developing anti-racist policies that promote equity in mental health for all.