Geriatric Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory

Late Life Anxiety

Anxiety and worry can occur at any point in life, including older age. Severe worry is associated with increased risk of progression from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer's disease, as well as increased risk of stroke and other cardiovascular events. Severe worry, defined as intense, uncontrollable worry associated with interruption in functioning and reduced quality of life, is surprisingly prevalent in the community, with 20% of older adults reporting severe worry. Identifying neural mechanisms for late-life worry is a crucial step for understanding why worry crops up in the latter part of life. We focus on the roles of brain networks and aging on worry, with the goal of developing more effective interventions in the future.

Studies Currently Recruiting

Functional Neuroanatomy of Worry in Older Adults

Relevant Publications

New research on anxiety disorders in the elderly and an update on evidence-based treatments
Emotion reactivity and regulation in late-life generalized anxiety disorder: Functional connectivity at baseline and post-treatment

Depression Resources

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Facts
Anxiety Disorder Information