Cleveland researcher to offer tips for dementia patients and caregivers

September 06, 2016

ERIE, Pa. — More than 47 million people suffer from some form of dementia. The condition creates enormous stress, not just for dementia patients, but for caregivers as well.

Katherine Judge, associate professor of psychology and director of the adult development and aging doctoral program at Cleveland State University, will discuss one of the latest advancements in dementia care when the Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior returns to Penn State Behrend.

Judge’s talk, “Living with Dementia and Memory Loss: Understanding and Intervening Upon the Illness Experience,” begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, in room 180 of the college’s Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center, 5101 Jordan Road. Admission is free and open to the public.

Judge will provide an overview of dementia and discuss how patients and their caregivers cope and manage their respective roles. She will also share research results from a new intervention program, Project ANSWERS (Acquiring New Skills While Enhancing Remaining Strengths). The program has helped improve quality of life and psychosocial well-being for both individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

Judge earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and Ph.D in applied cognitive aging psychology from the University of Akron.  Before being appointed to the Cleveland State University faculty, she worked as a research scientist at the Margaret Blenkner Research Institute (MBRI) of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland.

“Living with Dementia and Memory Loss: Understanding and Intervening Upon the Illness Experience” is hosted by Penn State Behrend’s B.A. and B.S. in Psychology degree programs and by the student Psychology Coalition with support from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Student Activity Fee. For additional information, contact Carol Wilson, associate professor of psychology, at 814-898-6082 or clw33@psu.edu.

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Last Updated September 08, 2016