As organizations like the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and the American Public Health Association declare that racism is a public health crisis, there is increasing awareness of social determinants of health, such as neighborhood and community contexts, and how they affect health disparities.
An upcoming Marquam Talk, given by Dr. Raina Croff, will explore the intersections of memory, gentrification and cognitive health. Dr. Croff’s research team documents and devises interventions for memory loss in African American elders in Portland.
Nov. 19, 2020 | 1 PM PT | Redrawing Story Lines: Improving Health for Older African Americans in Changing Neighborhoods
Assistant professor of Neurology and medical anthropologist Dr. Raina Croff is the first researcher to document the cognitive impacts of gentrification on older African Americans in Portland’s historically Black neighborhoods and to devise a therapy – combining neighborhood walks with active reminiscence – to forestall memory loss while aiding older residents in reclaiming their sense of place, self and social connection. She is the Principal Investigator of the Sharing History through Active Reminiscence and Photo-Imagery (SHARP) study, which focuses on improving cognitive health for African-Americans aged 55 and older through a unique combination of physical activity, social engagement and conversational reminiscence. You can read more about her work in a recent OHSU News article she authored, “Reclaiming stories, health and self.”
Selected works by Dr. Croff
- Croff, R. L., Witter Iv, P., Walker, M. L., Francois, E., Quinn, C., Riley, T. C., Sharma, N. F., & Kaye, J. A. (2019). Things Are Changing so Fast: Integrative Technology for Preserving Cognitive Health and Community History. Gerontologist, 59(1), 147-157. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gny069
- Proulx J, Croff R, Hebert M, Oken B. Results of a mindfulness intervention feasibility study among elder African American women: A qualitative analysis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2020;52:102455. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2020.102455
- Croff, R., Tang, W., Friedman, D. B., Balbim, G. M., & Belza, B. (2020). Training the next generation of aging and cognitive health researchers. Gerontol Geriatr Educ, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701960.2020.1824912
- Denny, A, Streitz, M, Stock, K, Balls-Berry, JE, Barnes, L, Byrd, GS, Croff, R, et al. Perspective on the “African American participation in Alzheimer disease research: Effective strategies” workshop, 2018. Alzheimer’s Dement. 2020; 1– 11. https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.12160.
- Quinn, K., Miyawaki, C. E., Croff, R., Vogel, M. T., Belza, B., Souza, A. M., … Friedman, D. B. (2020). Terms and Measures of Cognitive Health Associated with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Scoping Review. Research on Aging, 42(5–6), 174–185. https://doi.org/10.1177/0164027520911284.
The Library has some excellent resources to enrich your understanding of Dr. Croff’s vital research:
Resources on the History of Race and Racism in Oregon
A resource guide on race, racism and health disparities in Oregon and in the United States, curated by the OHSU Library and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
- Armstrong, C. L., & Morrow, Lisa A. (2019). Handbook of Medical Neuropsychology Applications of Cognitive Neuroscience (Second edition.). Springer International Publishing: Imprint: Springer. Section on Aging.
- Bietti, L. M. (2014). Discursive remembering : individual and collective remembering as a discursive, cognitive and historical process. De Gruyter.
- Cacioppo, J. T. (2002). Foundations in social neuroscience. MIT Press.
- Postle, B. R. (2015). Essentials of cognitive neuroscience. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Ravdin, L. D., & Katzen, Heather L. (2019). Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia (2nd ed. 2019.). Springer International Publishing: Imprint: Springer.
- Stone, C. B., & Bietti, Lucas M. (2016). Contextualizing human memory : an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how individuals and groups remember the past. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
- Tsukiura, T., & Umeda, Satoshi. (2017). Memory in a Social Context Brain, Mind, and Society (1st ed. 2017.). Springer Japan: Imprint: Springer.
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Featured photo: Photos and memory prompts engage participants in the Sharing History through Active Reminiscence and Photo-Imagery (SHARP) study. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)