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Center on Aging and Behavioral Research

Center on Aging and Behavioral Research

The mission of the newly established Center on Aging and Behavioral Research at Weill Cornell Medicine, directed by Professor of Gerontology, Dr. Sara J. Czaja, is to enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families and address the current and emerging challenges of aging through research, education and services to our community. Dr. Czaja and her team are developing and testing innovative strategies and interventions that strive to keep older adults independent and engaged, socially, intellectually and professionally. 

The Center has a commitment to serving diverse and underserved populations. Unique features of the Center are a multidisciplinary approach to the issues of aging and the integration of technology as a mechanism to bring services and programs to older adults.

An intregal part of the Center for Aging and Behavioral Resarch is the Center for Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE). CREATE is a multi-site, multidisciplinary Center funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA) that involves collaboration with Georgia Institute of Technology and Florida State University. CREATE, originally funded in 1999, is dedicated to studying issues surrounding interactions between older adults and technology. The overarching goal of CREATE is to ensure that current and future generations of older adults are able to successfully use technology and the benefits of technology are realized for older adult populations. The focus of CREATE is on technology systems within the domains of health, work and living environments.

For more information, contact Adrienne Jaret at 646-962-7153 or adj2012@med.cornell.edu.

Current projects currently in the recruitment process at Weill Cornell Medicine:

A Non-pharmacological Intervention for Patients with Alzheimer s disease and Family Caregivers  Care Partners (English)  Care Partners (Spanish)

This innovative study, funded by NIH, will develop and test the efficacy and feasibility of a dyadic-based intervention (DT) program, delivered through state-of-the art computer technology (laptop). A novel feature of the investigation is its focus on both the early stage family caregiver and the patient with AD and the integration of an augmented evidenced-based caregiver intervention and evidenced-based cognitive/functional training for the patient. Hispanic, African American and White/Caucasian dyads will be enrolled in the project across the five boroughs. If eligible, participants will be compensated and get to keep the laptop.

Financial Capacity and Financial Exploitation (FE) in Diverse Older Adult Populations  FE 80 plus

This study is a longitudinal prospective study of multiple types of FE in a diverse sample of older adults (including African-American and Hispanic older adults). Examination of pathways to FE among the oldest old and in large ethnically diverse samples in a longitudinal design; inclusion of detailed cognitive function, financial skills/advice and support, and psychosocial factors; use of simulations of “real world” financial tasks and scam scenarios; and use of audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (A-CASI) to enhance privacy/reduce potential barriers to reporting FE are innovative and can inform interventions to help detect, prevent, and reduce FE in older adults. If eligible, the participant will be compensated.

A Personalized Health Behavior System to Promote Well-Being in Older Adults   Fittle Silver

The objectives of this NIH funded study are to examine the usability and efficacy, for diverse older adults, of a new tablet-based intervention, the Fittle Silver System (FSS), that will provide: personalized behavior-change programs for improved diet and increased physical activity and online social interaction and support. The participants in this study will include a total of 213 older adults aged 65+ years (71 in each of three ethnic groups: White American, Hispanic and Black/African American) who are socially isolated and at risk for cardiovascular disease. If eligible, participants will be compensated and get to keep the tablet.

A Personalized Reminder & Information Management System to support older adults with MCI

This study builds on CREATE’s ongoing PRISM 2.0 study and will involve evaluating the feasibility and usability of the PRISM 2.0 system for individuals with early amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment (aMCI). The PRISM 2.0 system is a specially designed software system (designed by the CREATE team), which is intended to enhance cognitive and social engagement, knowledge of and access to resources, and provide memory aids and support. The PRISM 2.0 builds on the PRISM 1.0 system, which was successful in enhancing social support, wellbeing, and decreasing isolation among older adults at risk for social isolation. If eligible, participants will be compensated and get to keep the tablet.

Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medicine New York, NY