CURRENT PROJECTS

The Link between Memory Perceptions and Alzheimer's Risk

This project seeks to test relationships among perceptions of memory performance, the development of modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, and actual memory decline in a large, diverse group of older adults. Understanding why some older adults with self-identified memory problems are at greater risk for memory decline and who are at greatest risk can contribute to the development of tailored interventions to reduce the risk for memory decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

Investigative Team: Nikki Hill, Jacqueline Mogle, Martin Sliwinski

Funded by: National Institute on Aging

Understanding Cognitive Complaints in Older Adults

This study is exploring how community-dwelling older adults with varying degrees of cognitive complaints interpret questions about their memory. There is currently no standard approach for the assessment of subjective cognitive impairment (the perception of memory/thinking problems). Through better understanding of how older adults answer questions about self-reported memory problems, we aim to improve current models of SCI assessment.

Investigative Team: Nikki Hill, Jacqueline Mogle, Lisa Kitko, Kimberly Van Haitsma

Funded by: National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, PSU Social Sciences Research Institute, PSU College of Nursing

Interviews about Memory to Improve Detection of Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease

To improve early identification of Alzheimer's disease, we must identify subtle memory problems that are indicative of future cognitive decline. We are conducting individual in-depth interviews exploring older adults’ experiences with memory problems. Transcripts of these interviews will be analyzed using deep learning text mining analysis techniques. This approach will aid in the development of efficient and reproducible methods to incorporate interviews and thematic analysis via computer-assisted coding into future longitudinal mixed methods research.

Investigative Team: Prasenjit Mitra, Jacqueline Mogle, Nikki Hill

Funded by: PSU College of Information Sciences & Technology

The Impact of Subjective Cognitive Impairment on the Daily Lives of Older Adults

The purpose of this study is to explore the daily experiences of community-dwelling older adults with subjective cognitive impairment (SCI). Specifically, to describe the experience of daily cognitive problems among cognitively-intact older adults with SCI, the influence of these cognitive problems on function and well-being, as well as the use of compensatory techniques in daily life.

Investigative Team: Nikki Hill, Jacqueline Mogle, Lisa Kitko

Funded by: National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, PSU Social Sciences Research Institute, PSU College of Nursing

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