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Sherry Willis Explores the Use of Compensation Strategies Among Older Adults

Posted: 2/6/2018 (CSDE Research)

Affiliate Sherry Willis, Research Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, co-authored an article published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias that explores how the use of compensation strategies affects the daily functioning of older adults. Based on the results of neuropsychological testing of older adults in various states of cognitive function—as well as questionnaires completed by informants—the authors found that older adults with normal cognitive function or only mild cognitive impairment used compensation strategies more than those with dementia. Furthermore, their findings indicate that more frequent use of compensation strategies is associated with higher levels of both independence and neuropsychological functioning. The full article is accessible below.

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