Kathy Wright saw the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and hypertension when she served as a caregiver for her father, who dealt with those devastating illnesses. In her role as an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, she also knows these health problems hit the African American community particularly hard.
So Wright – who holds a faculty position in Ohio State’s Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Brain Injury Program – has dedicated her research lab, dubbed the B^HIVE (Brain and Blood Pressure Health in Valuable Elders), to work with at-risk communities on preventative methods to ward off high blood pressure and Alzheimer’s disease. Those interventions often involve healthier eating and mindfulness exercises to decrease stress.
In this Minute Professor video, Wright explains the importance of keeping your blood pressure in check, tips for how to do it, and how Ohio State is designing interventions to help the African American community.