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Research Publications

Raina L Croff, PhD, Phelps Witter IV, BS, Miya L Walker, BS, Edline Francois, BA, Charlie Quinn, BS, Thomas C Riley, BS, Nicole F Sharma, BA, Jeffrey A Kaye, MD, Things Are Changing so Fast: Integrative Technology for Preserving Cognitive Health and Community History, The Gerontologist, Volume 59, Issue 1, February 2019, Pages 147–157.

Media Publications

National Coverage

Associated PressBlack seniors test reminiscing to guard against Alzheimer's
National Institutes of Health NewsroomWalking, talking, and thinking about brain and body health
Documentary film directed by Renee Chenault-FattahIn our right mind: Alzheimer’s and dementia’s impact on communities of color
*Features the SHARP study and an interview with Dr. Croff 
AlzForum - Alzheimer's researchers seek advice on how to include African-Americans

Regional Coverage

Beloit College Magazine - Walking to remember
The Scribe, Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland - Can walking and talking about the past sustain brain health? 
Oregon Humanities - Walk on
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) Can reminiscing improve brain health for black seniors?
OHSU NewsPreserving memories to maintain cognitive health
OHSU Brain Blog - Healthy aging and preserving community memories
The Skanner - OHSU Researcher Aims to Boost African Americans’ Memories with Photographs, Tour of North Portland.
The Portland Observer - Memory walks for healing
Oregon Prevention Research Center newsletter - SHARP project update


The Brain Health Community Resource website is currently being tested and developed with 12 older African Americans in Portland, Oregon. The resource seeks to honor our health and history. It will include information about African American healthy aging alongside culturally celebratory images and narratives gathered from the SHARP study.  Weaving Black history with brain health information can make learning more relatable and meaningful, and may make brain health content easier to recall and apply. 

Stay tuned. We will link our Community Resource site here when it's ready.


PreSERVE Coalition for African American Memory and Brain Health provides cultural consultation and a community platform to help disseminate SHARP findings to Portland, Oregon’s older African American community members, including through the annual PreSERVE/SHARP Talk n’ Taste Community Learning Sessions

SHARP Newsletter Archive

Below are past editions of the "Honoring Our Health & History" newsletter

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