UC Davis obtains grant for study of Latino aging

10/03/2012 12:00 AM

10/03/2012 8:07 AM

A $3 million federal grant has allowed UC Davis to establish a research center to study aging Latinos.

The five-year National Institute on Aging grant will study the brain health and aging of Latinos.

The Latino population faces health disparities including a lack of money and health care, which place a large burden on Latino families, who traditionally care for family members at home, according to a UC Davis news release.

The burden is particularly acute for women in the families, the release said.

The center, called the Latino Aging Research Resource Center, will award pilot research grants each year. Already, initial pilot projects include:

A study that looks at the benefits of community volunteerism, which has been found to improve cognitive health among other ethnic groups.

A study of caregiver experiences, patient health outcomes and Latina caregiver well-being.

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