Remote assessment of cognitive aging and mental health in older African Americans during COVID-19

Project Type(s):

Principal Investigator(s):

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) affect more than 10% of adults who are age 65 and older, but the toll of ADRD is most devastating among older African Americans. COVID-19 widened these disparities; in addition to being more susceptible to COVID-19 infection and fatalities, older African Americans are more likely to experience digital and technical inequities. This puts them at risk for the development/worsening of depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment and sleep disturbances.

This project will evaluate several traditional and mobile health tools for remotely monitoring the effects of social isolation on cognition and mental health in older African Americans with baseline cognitive complaints. By testing three different strategies, we will identify the most effective, feasible and subject-preferred approach to collecting cognitive and mental health data which will help address brain health disparities.

Project Period:
January 1, 2021 December 31, 2022

Funding Type(s):

Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions

Geographic Area(s):
King County

Practice Type(s):
Online/remote/apps/social media, Veterans Health Administration

Patient Population(s):
Older Adults, Veterans

Targeted Condition(s):
Cognitive Disorders