Renata Komalasari Dissertation Proposal Defense

Subjective Cognitive Decline in Activities of Daily Living Among Older Adults with Depressive Disorder.

Subjective cognitive decline (SCD) in older adults is associated with declines in quality of daily living, although this may vary by personal affordances or resources, age cohort, and comorbid conditions. For instance, aging adults on the lower social gradient may be less well resourced for health support and community living interventions for their activities of daily living (Lima-Costa et al., 2016).

Older adults in the cohort continuum of older adults age cohorts (younger old, middle old, and older old) may present with differences in their everyday life activity preferences, priorities, and engagement (Brown et al., 2016; Brailean et al., 2018; Lövdén et al. , 2020). Conceivably, SCD may accentuate or attenuate those differences. The experience of SCD is associated with prevalent mood disorders that may be part of the mental function loss experience (Perini et al., 2019) or a reaction to the frustration of losing functional abilities (Stogmann et al., 2016). Concerningly, the SCD in everyday activities, while critical for aging care services, is under-researched.

Understanding how SCD, as measured by activities of daily living capabilities and performances across aging cohorts and examining the presence of mood disorders, has not been investigated. This research will extend the current body of knowledge about SCD indicators in ADLs (rather than the usual approach to predict SCD from ADLs) and demographic factors contributing to SCD in adults with depressive disorders.

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Elias Mpofu

Committee Members: Dr. Gayle Prybutok, Dr. Denise Catalano, Dr. Stan Ingman

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Thursday, December 09, 2021 - 02:00pm to 03:00pm
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