As the population ages, the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) are expected to increase significantly from 5 million in 2014 to 13.9 million in 2060 (Centers for Disease Prevention and Control). Despite this enormous disease burden, therapeutic options are very limited. While there are pharmacological interventions that transiently improve cognitive function, there are no established treatments that alter disease progression. Non-invasive brain stimulation is a technique that shows promise in improving memory and cognitive functions, mood, and gait among older adults with mild to moderate impairment. A significant challenge to this research and clinical practice is the lack of accessibility of a predominantly clinic- and lab-based administration, and finding effective ways for effective, safe, and wide dissemination.
Thus, the aim of the Neurostimulation Research Program is to conduct interdisciplinary research and disseminate findings on the feasibility and impact of non-invasive brain stimulation (home-based implementation) on memory, mood, and functional issues such as mobility and balance among older adults.