Predictors of Cognitive Health and Well-being in Late Life

One stream of research in the StAR lab focuses on predictors of cognitive aging and well-being in late life. Specifically, we are trying to identify biological, psychological and social factors that help us maintain mental and physical health as we age. By analyzing the independent and synergistic effects of factors from these three domains, we may be able to identify biopsychosocial profiles that are associated with healthy and poor aging. This type of foundational research is important for the creation of prevention programs that can facilitate a healthy aging population.

Participation in this research includes undergoing cognitive testing, completing psychosocial questionnaires and having blood drawn for measurement of biomarkers including cholesterol and glucose. Future studies may also include an imaging component.

Prevention and Well-being

One stream of research in the StAR lab examines the effects of intervention programs on cognitive function and well-being in older adults. In particular, we are interested in the effects of a stress-reduction program on cognitive function, psychological well-being, and stress biomarkers in older adults. Additional prevention studies in the pipeline include the effects of a combined physical/cognitive intervention program on cognitive function in older adults and the effects of a life-style program on clients with type 2 diabetes.

Participation in this research usually includes a pre- and post-intervention testing session comprised of cognitive and psychosocial tests. The interventions commonly span over a number of weeks (e.g., once a week over 8 weeks).


To participate in a study, please contact us at:

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