Research Projects

A Mixed Methods Investigation of Dementia-Related Anxiety

Lead Researcher: 
Molly Maxfield, PhD
Public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD) has grown through media coverage, information campaigns, and personal experience with individuals diagnosed with ADRD. For some individuals, the thought of possibly developing ADRD generates dementia-related anxiety. We interviewed cognitively healthy middle-aged and older adults about their thoughts and feelings about dementia and dementia-related anxiety. Data analysis is in progress, and initial themes include worry about being unable to care for one’s self and fear of becoming a burden on others.

Aging in the Time of COVID - 19

Lead Researcher: 
Aaron Guest, PhD
The influence of COVID-19 on daily life has been felt by all, but individuals with underlying medical conditions and older adults are at particularly high risk for negative outcomes and have been encouraged to maintain social distance. Individuals aged 50 or older completed an online survey to learn more about COVID-19’s impact on social isolation, loneliness, and access to health care services. Initial results showed that as many as 43% of respondents missed a medical appointment due to COVID-19.