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Clara Berridge Receives Four-Year K01 from the National Institute on Aging

Posted: 4/8/2019 (CSDE Research)

Congratulations to CSDE Affiliate Clara Berridge, Assistant Professor of Social Work, who was just awarded a four-year K01 grant from the National Institute on Aging for her project “Engaging older adults with cognitive impairment in planning for technology use in their care: the Identifying Needs for Optimal Remote Monitoring tool (INFORM).” According to Berridge, this research will produce a communication and education tool to support family decision making about technologies that monitor older adults’ activity to enhance fall detection, emergency response, independence, and postponement of institutionalization. The study will advance scientific understanding of how to engage people with early stage cognitive impairment in planning for how they will be monitored to reduce risks to their privacy and autonomy. Effectively involving older adults in these decisions and informing caregivers of their preferences will enable families to experience the benefits of these technologies and improve the health and well-being of patients and caregivers. Her team of mentors also includes CSDE Affiliate Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, Professor of Social Work.

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