Anxiety and worry can occur at any point in life, including older age. Severe worry is associated with increased risk of progression from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer's disease, as well as increased risk of stroke and other cardiovascular events. Severe worry, defined as intense, uncontrollable worry associated with interruption in functioning and reduced quality of life, is surprisingly prevalent in the community, with 20% of older adults reporting severe worry. Identifying neural mechanisms for late-life worry is a crucial step for understanding why worry crops up in the latter part of life. We focus on the roles of brain networks and aging on worry, with the goal of developing more effective interventions in the future.
Studies Currently RecruitingFunctional Neuroanatomy of Worry in Older Adults
Relevant PublicationsNew research on anxiety disorders in the elderly and an update on evidence-based treatments
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