Colleen Mills-Finnerty, Veterans Administration Palo Alto and Stanford University, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
Our population is facing an inversion in which older people will soon outnumber younger. Understanding predictors of late life wellbeing is especially pertinent in the time of social isolation due to COVID19. In this talk I will discuss the unique opportunities as well as challenges and limitations of studying older adults online.
I will outline options for collecting survey, behavioral, and neuropsychological data using browser-based methods. I will also present results from several large online samples examining links between older age and better mental health, as well as preliminary results from follow up studies. Finally I will cover future directions of the role of online interventions in personalized medicine and improving well being in later life.