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Life Course Development

Detroit-Area Aging & Memory Project

تعلم المزيد عن مشروع منطقة ديترويت لتقدم السن والذاكرة

Project Information:

This study is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study is being led by the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center (SRC). SRC has done national and Detroit-area surveys for over 50 years. The SRC studies health, technology, family, relations, education, aging and more. Results of SRC surveys are frequently mentioned in the news.

The project director is Kristine Ajrouch, Ph.D.                                                                                                          

Project Significance:

logoWe are interested to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia disparities. The first of its kind, this study will provide insight about potential risk and protective factors for cognitive health among Middle Eastern North African (MENA), Black and White Americans in the metro-Detroit area.  Results will help find ways to delay the start and reduce the risk of the disease.

Participation in this study:

We will ask Middle Eastern North African (MENA) Americans aged 65 and over, living in the metro-Detroit area to take part in our study, along with Blacks and Whites who are part of the long-running Social Relations Study. Participation is completely voluntary and participants may refuse to answer any or all questions. Participating in this study can help older adults and their family members in the future.   

Interview Information: 

All interviewers are trained members from SRC. An interviewer will visit homes in the Wayne, Oakland and Macomb tri-county area , identify themselves and ask questions to see if a household qualifies. If a household member qualifies, then they will be invited to join the project. Questions will cover a wide range of topics including relationships with friends and family, health, memory and life experiences. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. We would like to hear about the different experiences and opinions of each individual. We have found that people enjoy the interview. 


All answers are treated confidentially. The information will be shared in scientific reports. All identifying information of participants will be removed from any results reported. Study participant identities will never be released.

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