Seminar: Yuan Zhang on the biosocial processes in cognitive aging in diverse populations

Monday, April 4, 2022


Please join us! This hybrid seminar will take via Zoom with an in-person option for CUID holders.  Zoom registration is required at the link below. For more information or to join our mailing list, please contact Caitlin Hawke at [email protected].

Biosocial Processes Related to Cognitive Aging in Diverse Populations 
Yuan S. Zhang, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Carolina Population Center
University of North Carolina
MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2022, 11:45AM-12:45PM ET

Location: Room 532B, 722 W. 168th Street (To attend in person, you must have a Columbia University ID).
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ABSTRACT: The dementia burden is rapidly rising and shifting to low- and middle-income countries, yet prior scholarship has focused predominantly on populations in high-income countries. Studies on cognitive aging from different contexts offer ways to understand biosocial pathways and the influence of contextual factors. This talk will present research that uses data from the Indonesia Family Life Survey and the U.S. Health and Retirement Study to explore these questions. Both studies highlight the importance of education for cognitive health across life stages, which has implications for understanding dementia risk. However, the influence of education on cognitive health varies based on family and country context. The findings using data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study show the utility of the Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging, and Incidence of Dementia (CAIDE) risk score for predicting subsequent incident dementia in the U.S. older adult population, thereby providing insights on intervention and prediction of dementia risk. Finally, I will discuss the potential benefits of enhancing social capital across the life course to promote cognitive health and healthy aging. 

Yuan Zhang Seminar Flyer