Research Affiliate Eric Griffith publishes paper Linking religious service attendance to lower ADRD rates in Black Americans

Research Affiliate Dr. Eric Griffith published a paper on the relation between religion/spirituality and the rates of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) among Black people in the United States, finding that those who never attended religious services had significantly higher odds of being diagnosed with ADRD than those who attended services more than once a week.

The paper, published in American Journal of Human Biology, was co-authored entirely by Cook Center researchers. In addition to Griffith—a former Cook Center postdoctoral associate who is now a postdoctoral associate within the Duke Center for the Study of Aging Postdoctoral Research Training Program—the paper’s co-authors were Faculty Affiliate Dr. Paul A. Robbins, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Purdue University; former undergraduate research assistant Bethlehem T. Ferede; and Associate Director of Research and Director of the Health Equity Working Group Dr. Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University.

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