At the Parkchester Public Library

At the Parkchester Public Library

Presentation: Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2-4 pm, Parkchester Library, 1985 Westchester Ave, Bronx,

NY Albert Einstein’s Multicultural Healthy Diet & Cognitive Decline Study Targets 40-65 yr olds in Parkchester Albert Einstein College of Medicine is seeking volunteers to participate in an exciting study that is examining whether a healthy diet can slow memory decline and prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.

The study, “Multicultural Healthy Diet to Reduce Cognitive Decline & Alzheimer’s Disease,” is funded by the National Institute on Aging and National Institutes of Health. and it is being conducted by Dr. Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Alzheimer’s Disease is a costly disease for individuals and caregivers and it disproportionately affects diverse populations such as African-Americans and Hispanics/Latinos. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet may have the potential to slow cognitive decline. "Our aim is to study the effects of an appetizing, healthy diet known as the Multicultural Healthy Diet on memory," states Dr. Mossavar-Rahmani.

The study is designed to recruit approximately 330 Bronx residents, in Co-Op City and Parkchester areas. These areas have been chosen due to the history of high participation in ground breaking studies such as the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the ESCAPE study (Effects of Stress on Cognitive Aging, Physiology and Emotion Study), and the Einstein Aging Study.

Candidates chosen for the study are randomly selected for a group that will be asked to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables or the control group that focusses on aging topics such as fall prevention and food safety. Participants will be asked to attend four group sessions in Co-Op City or Parkchester with the remainder of the study conducted remotely by phone or internet. There are also visits to the clinic at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Compensation will be provided for participation.

Interested individuals between 40-65 years of age can contact the study by calling (718) 430-3823 or sending an email to healthydiet326@gmail.com