Brian Van Buren

Advocate Living with Alzheimer's

Brian Van Buren was diagnosed in 2015 with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 64 and became an advocate early on, realizing the need to put a face on Alzheimer’s as an Afro American living with the condition. His mother and grandmother also had Alzheimer’s. Mr. Van Buren is a speaker on radio shows and conferences and was a 2017 member of the National Alzheimer’s Association early onset advisory group. He is also a member of the Dementia Action Alliance Advisory Board and is bringing awareness to people of color and the LGBT community.

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This Speaker's Sessions

Town Hall
Wednesday Oct. 21
2:00 PM
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No Access, No Justice: Addressing Systemic Racism in Alzheimer’s Research and Health Services

The impacts of systemic racism are being discussed more openly than ever before, from policing to COVID-19’s effects on people of color. This town hall will explore the role that systemic racism has played in shaping access to Alzheimer’s research and health services, from exclusionary study protocols to discrimination against researchers of color. Speakers will explore solutions for addressing the effects of racism through equity-centered research, policymaking and infrastructure development. Key question: What goals can we set to help address the effects of systemic racism in access to Alzheimer’s health services and research?

With a special message from Reverend Al Sharpton.

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