The Aging Gracefully Lab is led by

Dr. Jean Neils-Strunjas

Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

My past research has described behavioral characteristics associated with Alzheimer’s disease. I have also developed and tested behavioral interventions for speech, language, communication, and memory impairments related to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. My expertise in dementia and behavioral interventions has led to my participation on an interprofessional team conducting a statewide, student-run, program in nursing homes, called Bingocize, which enhances the physical and mental health of persons with dementia.  More recently, my research team is examining the benefit of a mindful walking program and an intergenerational book club that enlist the support of students. Overall, my research and teaching focus on the growing demand for professionals trained in long-term care of older adults with dementia. My goal is to investigate methods for prevention of cognitive decline and provide maximum support and humane treatment to older adults with cognitive impairment.