Effects of Stroke AND Alzheimer’s Disease on Function, Community Participation and Quality of Life
- How does cognitive impairment affect the performance of complex life activities?
- How do subtle changes and losses of executive function abilities affect community participation and quality of life for persons with stroke and Alzheimer’s disease?
- What are the long-term effects of very mild stroke on community participation and quality of life?
- Are there age related differences in stroke recovery and stroke outcome?
- How are disparities in stroke care associated with poorer stroke outcomes in African Americans ?
- Do performance based measures of executive function provide more ecologically valid and accurate estimates of functional capacity than traditional neuropsychological tests?
Dr. Edwards and her colleagues are using neurological, neuropsychological, occupational performance and outcomes research methods to explore the effects of cognitive impairment and racial disparities in adults with stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Through collaborations with UW-Madison faculty in Neurology and Geriatric Medicine as well as investigators at Washington University in St. Louis, Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health several active studies are underway.