Depression in Dementia Caregivers
|Project Period: 03/08/2017 - 02/28/2018||PI: Steven Smagula, PhD|
|Funding Source: National Institute of Mental Health|
|Researchers: Howard Aizenstein, MD, PhD, Tica Hall, PhD, and Danielle Turk, BA|
|This is an observational prospective cohort study of family members who are experiencing stress related to dementia caregiving. Researchers repeated actigraphy, interviews, and MRI 1.5 years apart in older dementia caregivers who have stress but no depression at baseline. The goal is to establish links between the psychosocial, behavioral, and neurobiological pathways to caregiver depression in order to identify modifiable targets and biomarkers for depression risk and preventative intervention efficacy.|
- Wallace ML, Stone, Smagula SF, Hall MH, Simsek B, Kado DM, Redline S, Vo TN, Buysse DJ, Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) Study Research Group. Which Sleep Health Characteristics Predict All-Cause Mortality in Older Men? An Application of Flexible Multivariable Approaches. Sleep. 2018; 41(1). PMID: 29165696. PMCID: PMC5806578.
- Smagula SF, Krafty RT, Taylor BJ, Martire LM, Schulz R, Hall MH. (2017) Rest-activity rhythm and sleep characteristics associated with depression symptom severity in strained dementia caregivers. J Sleep Res. 2017;26(6):718-725. PMID 28488270 PMCID: PMC5681446.
- Simning A, Smagula SF. Engaging Early-Career Geriatric Mental Health Investigators as Associate Editorial Board Members. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry.2017; 25(4):438-439. PMID 28094202. PMCID: PMC5759314.