September 29, 2010
SEATTLE – It’s often little impairments, like the inability to remember to take their daily medications or pay their monthly bills, that ultimately force the elderly from their own homes.
In our rapidly aging society, age-related and other cognitive impairments among the elderly are not only a significant source of individual and family emotional tragedy, but a tremendous drain on tax dollars. Research shows that if even 10 percent of the population could live at home another year or more, it would save the state nearly $10 million every day.
WSU professor and psychologist Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, in collaboration with colleagues, is working to … » More …
April 15, 2009
SPOKANE – For a myriad of maladies ranging from the common cold to heart disease, obesity, and a variety of cognitive disorders, a primary factor in determining who gets sick and how long their recovery will take is often the adequacy of their sleep.
Frequently at the heart of both the causes and effects of what ails us, the patterns of our sleep have implications for virtually everything we do. With drowsiness recognized as a contributing factor in many major accidents, sleep management is becoming an increasingly important strategy for predicting and preventing errors in … » More …