Occupational Therapy Researcher Juleen Rodakowski Receives More Than $3 Million for Aging Study

Juleen Rodakowski in a red blouse, headshot

Juleen Rodakowski, assistant professor of occupational therapy in Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, recently received over $3 million from the National Institute on Aging to study the influence of strategy training on daily activities for older adults with mild cognitive impairment.

Current interventions do not alter the underlying pathology for older adults in the early stage of cognitive decline. Thus, interventions that focus on slowing decline to disability are critical. Strategy Training is designed to engage at-risk older adults in daily activities.

This study is the next step in advancing strategy training as a nonpharmacological intervention designed to support independence and quality of life for older adults at-risk for decline to disability.