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NEUROPSYCHIATRY OF AGING RESEARCH GROUP

Advancing the understanding of emotional and social wellbeing and the aging brain.

Welcome  to the Neuropsychiatry of Aging Research group’s webpage. Our collaborative research investigates the neurology of emotional and social function in healthy older adults and those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  We work within the Harvard Aging Brain Study and other large observational studies to define emotional, behavioral and pathological changes that occur at the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, prior to the onset of cognitive impairment. These changes include traditional neuropsychiatric symptoms such as anxiety and depression as well as subtle changes in social function.

By recognizing these early symptoms in older adults, we seek to enhance the detection of Alzheimer’s disease and advance treatment options to preserve cognitive and mental health in late-life.

LATEST PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

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A Scoping Review of Interventions for Spousal Bereavement in Older Adults by Jennie Davidow MD et al. published in the American Journal of Geriatric, August 2021.

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Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Review and Commentary of a National Academies Report by Nancy Donovan and Dan Blazer published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, December 2020.

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Timely Insights into the Treatment of Social Disconnection in Lonely Homebound Older Adults published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, July 2020

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Advancing the understanding of emotional and social wellbeing and the aging brain.
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