We are seeking to better identify preclinical markers of cognitive decline and to evaluate risk modifiers of cognitive functional aging and dementia risk. Through both observational research and intervention studies, we are characterizing trajectories of cognitive aging and exploring the impact that community-based interventions have on older adults' cognitive functions and brain plasticity.
Our research on sensory functions includes groundbreaking studies on hearing loss, a problem that is untreated in a large majority of affected individuals. In one study of over 600 patients, we found a link between hearing loss and subsequent onset of dementia over a 12-year period. Hearing loss might also contribute to social isolation, which further increases risk for cognitive decline.
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