Adult Development and Aging (The ADA-Gero Group)
The ADA or Gero group is a team of researchers at the Department of Psychology involved in research on various aspects of aging - adult development, i.e. geropsychology. Our group is dedicated to advance:
- Basic understanding of age-related cognitive and emotional health
- Multidisciplinary research to uncover genetic, health-related and socio-cultural influences on late life cognitive and emotional health
- Interest among students in aging and adult development in courses and training programs
The research focus is on cognitive and mental health in late adulthood and aging. The research is mainly conducted within multidisciplinary and longitudinal studies. Overall questions addressed in these studies are:
- How are various psychological functions and adaptive mechanisms affected in ‘normal aging’, by compromised health and diseases, especially dementia and affective disorders?
- What are the relationships between psychological functioning, well-being and changes in aging?
- What are the relative contributions of genetic and environmental influences for cognitive functioning and mental health in later life?
Besides providing a better understanding of psychological aging, the research aims to improve diagnosis, treatment and care for the benefit of the substantially increasing number of aging individuals.
Work area 4: Cognitive functioning - from normal to dementia
Adult Development and Aging