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Social determinants of health have been widely identified as characteristics of one’s social and economic climate that affect one’s health outcomes1. (see Graphic 1)
The Alzheimer’s Association indicates that rates of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other forms of dementia are two times higher in older African Americans than their white counterparts2. People who have diabetes are also at an increased risk.
The prevalence and co-morbidity of depression among older Americans with diabetes (both with and without cognitive impairment) has been well established3.
Understanding the effect that social determinants of health have on the onset and progression of dementia and depression in older African American diabetics is important as such an understanding may better inform future health policy and government spending on healthcare intervention(s).
Depression, Cognition, & Social Determinants of Health, Assessing Associations in Older African Americans with Diabetes, Thomas Jefferson University, College within a College, CWIC
Medicine and Health Sciences
Davis, Jeremiah; Casten, PhD, Robin; and Rovner, MD, Barry W., "Depression, Cognition, & Social Determinants of Health: Assessing Associations in Older African Americans with Diabetes" (2017). CWIC Posters. 33.