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This MiCDA Booster project seeks to enhance an understanding of understudied family and unpaid caregiver experiences, especially for those caring for an older adult living with dementia. The booster adds a new aim to current funded research, “Caregiving, Complex Family and Kinship Ties, and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD)” work and includes 1.) recruiting understudied groups of caregivers providing for an older adult with dementia including, A.) young caregivers (ages 18 to 24), B.) LGBTQ+ caregivers, C.) fictive kin/friend caregivers, and D.) extended family caregivers.

This study aims to examine the role of friends in the daily experiences of African American (AA) and European American (EA) ADRD caregivers. This pilot study uses data from the Stress and Well-Being in the Everyday Lives of Caregivers study (SWELCare), a study of AA and EA men and women who are primary caregivers and co-reside with their family member or friend who is living with ADRD.

This project aims to understand aging and disease burden in the cerebral palsy (CP) population by measuring and examining DNA methylation in two patient populations of adults with CP.

Using data from NHATS, this pilot examines neighborhood effects on muscle strength and whether it may serve as a mechanism linking neighborhoods to physical disability.

The Colombia Survey of Aging (COSA) aims to collect data on Colombian older adults that can be harmonized with the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and it sister studies around the world to improve not only our understanding of aging in the Colombian context, but in Latin America and globally.