Aging and Cognition Research Clinic (ACRC)
(The Center is located in the MB Building on the Hayward Campus)
Director and Principal Investigator: Dr. Nidhi Mahendra
Graduate Assistants: Holly Bergstrom, Natalie Sanford, Julie Spicer, Michaela Teel
Volunteers: Laura Ludlow, Tamar Solomon
Lab Alumni: Allegra Apple, Susan Carroll, Adithya Chandregowda, Serena Cooper, Emily Dionne, Nisha Engineer, Karen Fremont, Cayce Hamerschlag, Josie Heckenberg, Danielle Reed, Katie Schoneman, Amanda Scullion
Volunteer Alumni: Angela Barber, Holly Hamilton, Thomas Hickey, Kristine Kaplan, Joanna La, Amal Maghazil, Dawn Robinson-Carreiro, Danielle Toms, Reva Wilheim (University of Arizona)
Students interested in participating in our research? Please contact Dr. Mahendra directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNOUNCING: Two new research assistant positions for the 2012-2013 year.
Email Emily Dionne at email@example.com with a current resume and letter of interest.
(Former ACRC Research Assistants: Left-Right: Susan Carroll, Katie Schoneman, Nisha Engineer, Amanda Scullion, Cayce Hamerschlag, Adithya Chandregowda)
The Goals of the ACRC are to:
- Enhance cognitive and communication wellness and quality of life for all bay area seniors through research, advocacy, and service learning.
- Study aspects of typical and atypical cognition in older adults
- Document the best methods for assessment of spared and impaired abilities in healthy elders and person with dementia and aphasia
- Develop evidence-based cognitive interventions for healthy adults and persons with mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and aphasia
- To learn more about my recently completed research funded by the Alzheimer's Association, click here.
To learn more about our activities, click below to view ACRC newsletters.
(Former ACRC research assistants participate in the 2009 Memory Walk L-R: Andrea Gardner, Katie Schoneman, Susan Carroll, Nisha Engineer)
- 2012-2015: The California Wellness Foundation
- 2012-2013: Research Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant, CSUEB
- 2012-2013: Masonic Home for Adults
- 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012: Faculty Learning Community Grants, CSUEB
- 2011-2012: Research Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant, CSUEB
- 2006-2010: Alzheimer’s Association, Everyday Technology for Alzheimer Care (ETAC) Initiative
- 2006-2008: Multicultural research grant, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
- 2006-2007: Research Scholarly Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant, CSUEB
Participating Clinical Sites:
- Masonic Home for Adults, Union City
- Summerville at Landmark Villa
- Ralph and Mary Ruggieri Senior Center, Union City
- Aegis of Fremont and Carlton Plaza
- Fremont Hills Assisted Living
(ACRC Poster Presentation at CSHA 2008. L-R: Danielle Reed, Dr. Mahendra, Allegra Apple)
ACRC Research and Publications
Links related to our current research:
- Computer-Based Cognitive Interventions for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease
- Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences - Dementia Best Practice Guidelines
Publications – Chapters
- Mahendra, N., & Hopper, T. (2011). Dementia and related cognitive disorders. In I. Papathanasiou, P. Coppens, C. Potagas (Eds). Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Communication Disorders. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
- Bayles, K. A., Mahendra, N., Hopper, T. (2011). Dementia. In K. Hilari and N. Botting (Eds.) The impact of communication disability across the lifespan. London, UK: J & R Press.
- Mahendra, N. (2011). Overview of aphasia and approaches to aphasia intervention. In R. Koul (Ed.) Augmentative and alternative communication for adults with aphasia. London, UK: Emerald Publishers.
- Mahendra, N. (2010). An adult with dementia of the Alzheimer type: A roadmap for screening, assessment, and cognitive-linguistic interventions. In S. Chabon & E. Cohn (Eds). The Communication Disorders Casebook: Learning by Example. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
Publications – Select Journal Articles
- South Asian stories: First hand perspectives on barriers to accessing speech language pathology services. (Mahendra, 2012)
- The logopenic variant of primary progressive aphasia: Effects on linguistic communication. (Mahendra, 2012)
- Cognitive-Linguistic Interventions for Persons With Dementia: A Practitioner’s Guide to 3 Evidence-Based Techniques. (Mahendra, Scullion, & Hamerschlag, 2011)
- Computer-assisted spaced retrieval training of faces and names for persons with dementia. (Mahendra, 2011)
- Effects of vascular dementia on cognition and linguistic communication: A case study. (Mahendra & Engineer, 2009)
- Individuals with Alzheimer's disease achieve implicit and explicit learning: Previous success replicated with different stimuli (Mahendra, Arkin, & Kim, 2007)
- Human memory systems: A framework for understanding dementia (Mahendra & Apple, 2007)
- Effect of Presentation Modality on Immediate and Delayed Recall in Individuals With Alzheimer's Disease (Mahendra, Bayles, & Harris, 2005)
- Effects of four years of exercise, language, and social interventions on Alzheimer discourse (Mahendra & Arkin, 2003)
- Direct Interventions for Improving the Performance of Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease (Mahendra, 2001)
- Insight in Alzheimer's patients: Results of a longitudinal study using three assessment methods (Arkin & Mahendra, 2001)
ACRC Media Spotlight
- California FreeMason Magazine
- Cal State East Bay Magazine
Useful Resources and Links on Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
- What is Alzheimer's, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment
- Living with Alzheimer's, care for the person and family
Local Area Resources
- Alzheimer's Association - Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter
- Memory and Aging Center-University of California San Francisco
- Stanford/VA Alzheimer's Research Center of California (ARCC)
- Senior Living.org - California
- Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) National Institute on Aging-National Institute of Health-Fact Sheet
- Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons (AARP)
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association-Dementia
- Family Caregiver Alliance
- Mild Cognitive Impairment-Mayo Clinic
- Assisted Living Services Directory