Brain Health Study

This landmark study examines brain health and dementia risk in LGBTQI+ older adults, specifically gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer identifying individuals who are at least 60-years-old. By partnering with Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Flatt was able to pair comprehensive medical records with sexual orientation data on 200,000 participants, providing insight into brain health of sexual and gender minority older adults for the first time.


Our findings strongly suggest that being an active member of a supportive community and engaging in mental exercises are the best way to combat dementia related illnesses. This sense of community is especially important for sexual and gender minority adults, as we discovered that they are twice as likely to be diagnosed with clinical depression than their heterosexual cohort.