Marianne Smith studies late life depression, which affects an estimated 24 percent of assisted living (AL) residents and often interacts with other social and health problems to cause a downward disability spiral that is costly to both older individuals and society. Her current study evaluates the effect of a computerized cognitive training intervention on depression symptoms, suspected clinical depression, and depression-related health outcomes among adults in AL settings. The program helps overcome many problems related to identifying and treating late life depression. It is easy to use and can be done in the assisted living residence whenever it’s convenient.
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