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Mental Health

Mental Health and Aging

As the U.S. population of older adults booms over the coming decades, there will be an increasing demand for knowledge that can be leveraged to promote quality of life and prevent disability.  The faculty members in the Department of Mental Health’s Program in Cognitive Aging and Mental Health are highly committed to observational and intervention research aimed at enhancing cognitive and mental health. 

The Program faculty members conduct research using large-scale, longitudinal observational and intervention study designs, including: dietary supplemental, cognitive training, and cognitively enriching “everyday” interventions to promote cognitive, brain, and functional health; late-life sleep disturbances as predictors of cognitive and functional impairment and decline; the natural history and consequences of mental disorders in diverse aging adults; genetics of cognitive decline and Alzheimer disease; real-time assessment of lifestyle activity as future targets of intervention; environmental and pharmacologic risk modifiers of cognitive, brain and functional aging and dementia risk; and prevention of late-life mental health problems.

Future Plans for the Program