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Published Time: 01.07.2024 - 13:01:24 Modified Time: 01.07.2024 - 13:01:24

The Dementia Action Collaborative is a group of public-private partners committed to preparing Washington state for the increasing number of living with dementia. Established in 2016, it is overseen by the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration of the Department of Social and Health Services. Washington


According to the collaborative, around 125,000 in Washington state are living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Over the next two decades, that number could double among 65 and older.

Concurrently, the number of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) aged 65 and older will more than double by 2060, according to Census Bureau projections. The number of AI/AN aged 85 and older are expected to more than quadruple, raising concerns how an already overburdened healthcare system can support their dementia care needs.

Native have a higher than normal likelihood of developing known risk factors for Alzheimer’s and dementia, but not much else is known the diseases among these populations. In seeking to address this knowledge gap, Allick’s IREACH colleagues have identified some insights that highlight the need for novel research in partnership with this unique population. For instance, the presence of a certain biomarker, the apolipoprotein E (APOE) ε4 allele, is related to a higher risk of neurodegeneration in some populations but is not shown to be a risk factor for some Native groups. Also, Native who live in counties with greater concentrations of AI/ANs were shown to have lower mortality from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The Dementia Action Collaborative is a group of public-private partners committed to preparing Washington state for the increasing number of living with dementia. Established in 2016, it is overseen by the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration of the Department of Social and Health Services.

Allick completed his doctoral degree from the Department of Indigenous Health at University of North Dakota, where he also teaches Indigenous health policy and Indigenous research methods as an adjunct faculty member. His work elevates Indigenous research methods, with the goal of incorporating these principles into Western systems of education for the benefit of Indigenous communities and those who serve them. “To serve in this capacity is to honor the mentors and elders in my life, including my grandparents who continue to ground me in this work and allow me to make sure Native are in these important conversations within our state,” Allick said.



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