Aging online: impli­ca­tions for men­tal health

Colleen Mills-Finner­ty, Vet­er­ans Admin­is­tra­tion Palo Alto and Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty, Psy­chi­a­try & Behav­ioral Science


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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.

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