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State and Local Educational Contexts of Older U.S. Adults and Their Association with Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

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The major goal of this project is to determine if education operates differently to reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) when it is attained under more (or less) advantaged educational contexts among Black and White older adults. We will address this goal through the creation of a rich, longitudinal data resource of state and local educational contexts that we will link to the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a nationally representative longitudinal study of U.S. adults over 50. We will estimate variation in these relationships by birth cohort and race.

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging (R01AG067536)

June 2020 - present