Averting Alzheimer’s: Nutrition Implications for Women
Alzheimer’s disease disproportionately affects women—and not just because women live longer. Due to a complex interplay of hormones, lifestyle, and environmental variables, two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s are female, as are most caregivers. Co-presented by Christy Tangney, PhD, FACN, CNS, co-creator of the MIND diet and primary investigator on the Chicagoland US-POINTER trial, and Ayesha Sherzai, MD, MAS, co-director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University, this session will cover Alzheimer’s disease pathophysiology, gender and racial disparities, and nutrition’s role in prevention and management. New research on diet and dementia from the US POINTER trial and the Healthy Minds Initiative will be presented. Specific nutrition interventions to reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk or slow progression will be discussed, along with how registered dietitians can help mitigate this silent women’s health crisis.
Planned with the Women’s Health DPG.
- Explain how Alzheimer’s disease develops and why it disproportionately affects women, especially women of color.
- Summarize findings from recent clinical and community research on nutrition, lifestyle, and Alzheimer’s disease prevention, with an emphasis on women’s health.
- Describe dietary interventions that can be used in medical nutrition therapy to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or slow cognitive decline.
- 8.3.7 Integrates new knowledge and skills into practice.
- 8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.
- 6.3.1 Uses established benchmarking and best practices to inform practice.
Lelia Crosby, RD, LD
Nutrition Education Program Manager
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Christy Tangney, PhD, FACN, CNS
Professor, Departments of Clinical Nutrition & Preventive Medicine
Rush University Medical Center
Ayesha Sherzai, MD, MAS
Co-director, Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Prevention Program
Loma Linda University