St. Louis has highest Alzheimer’s rate in Missouri, with more than 1 in 10 adults affected

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The city of St. Louis has the highest rate of Alzheimer’s dementia cases in Missouri, and new evidence from Washington University’s School of Medicine shows that social factors like income, race and education play a role in access to treatment and diagnosis.

The new observational study, focused on the Washington University Memory Diagnostic Center, showed that patients who live in less affluent neighborhoods, as well as people of color, were less likely to receive care from the memory clinic.