Kuakini Honolulu-Asia Aging Study
An outgrowth of the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program (HHP) is the Kuakini Honolulu-Asia Aging Study (HAAS) that was established in 1991 to study the causes of dementia, a disease that afflicts up to four million Americans annually. The Kuakini HAAS continues to research the variables associated with brain aging, dementia, and Parkinsonism through grants received from the National Institute on Aging. Re-examinations of the Kuakini HHP participants has furthered understanding of how genetic factors, diet, heart disease, various illnesses, occupations, and other midlife experiences contribute to the development of disorders of the elderly. At the "Third World Congress on Vascular Factors in Alzheimer's Disease" held in Kyoto, Japan in April 2002, the HAAS presented findings from the analyses of autopsied brain specimens donated by Kuakini HHP participants, who identified vascular and non-vascular pathogenic processes associated with poor cognitive function.