Chicago Health and Aging Project

The Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP), which began in 1993, is a community-based study of aging set on the south side of Chicago and comprising more than 10,000 older adults, 60% of whom are African American.  CHAP is perhaps best known for its source as an estimate of Alzheimer’s dementia prevalence in the US. Among the currently funded investigations set in CHAP are: studies of community exposure to noise and its relation to blood pressure and cognitive aging; a study of racial differences in cognitive aging; and a study of dementia trends. Work on the health effects of air pollution exposure in older adults is ongoing.

Lead SPH Researcher

Jennifer Weuve

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