Investigators: Bruno Giordani, Hiroko Dodge
Funding (subcontract): National Institute on Aging, 2014-2017 (1 R21 AG 046637 01 A1)
Dr. Giordani will be a Co-I on this project directing the development and implementation of neuropsychological and behavioral assessment programming and issues in participant selection, as well as interpretation of the results and presentation and publication of study results. The study relates to the ability to detect the earliest evidence for cognitive and electrophysiological difficulties that may appear in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia cases even before commonly used clinical assessment measures suggest significant deficits. A careful characterization of baseline cognitive performance and then tracking subtle cognitive changes over time using specialized computer testing will be a primary component of this study, along with electrophysiological assessment. This project centers on the life limiting major illnesses of MCI and dementia in a population of individuals with clear health disparity (African Americans). All evaluations and testing will take place in senior housing programs and community buildings that are part of the Wayne State University?s and the University of Michigan?s outreach programs in healthy aging among African Americans.