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Suicide Risk Associated with Subjective Cognitive Decline in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

2021 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $89,889
Focus Areas: Neurobiological Studies, Psychosocial Studies

Emily Bower, Ph.D.

Emily Bower, Ph.D.
Pacific University

Mentor: Kimberly Van Orden, Ph.D.

Inside the Research

Aging is associated with increased risks for suicide and dementia. Suicide risk is high during early stages of dementia, but the reason for this is unknown. We will assess suicide risk factors, examine attitudes toward hastening death, and test a method to measure daily changes in suicidal thoughts among older people who are at risk for dementia because they experience cognitive (thinking) problems. Findings will inform risk assessment and suicide prevention approaches for older adults with cognitive decline.