Aging with Pride: IDEA is the first federally-funded project testing a program designed to improve quality of life for LGBTQ people who experience memory loss or who help those experiencing memory loss. Participants are compensated for their time and can live anywhere in the U.S.

Older adults with memory loss can participate with an informal care partner, who may be a spouse or partner, friend, family member, or anyone who assists them. Either the person with memory loss or the person who helps them (or both) must be LGBTQ. Participants meet with a coach to learn exercises and strategies related to memory loss. The program includes 9 in-person sessions with the coach over 6 weeks, with follow-up phone calls.

IDEA is led by University of Washington School of Social Work professor Karen Fredriksen Goldsen and UW Nursing professor Linda Teri. Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen is the primary investigator for Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS), the first national longitudinal study of health and well-being in LGBTQ older adults, and Dr. Teri pioneered the RDAD (Reducing Disabilities in Alzheimer’s Disease) program, which has been shown to improve quality of life for people with memory loss and reduce rates of institutionalization.

Meet the Team

Karen I. Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD CO-PRINCIPALINVESTIGATOR Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen is a Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Director of Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence, and Director of Institute for Multigenerational Health. Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and the Gerontological Society of America, and a Hartford Scholar and Mentor, and founder of Generations Aging with Pride, GSA Rainbow Research Group, and Shanti/Seattle. She received her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.

Hyun-Jun Kim, PhD
PROJECT DIRECTOR
Dr. Kim research interests include health disparities in historically disadvantaged older adult communities and the role of human agency and social relationships in the interplay of well-being, health-related quality of life, multiple identities, and cultural resources. Dr. Kim is a Gerontological Society of America Fellow. He completed his PhD in Social Welfare at the University of Washington, School of Social Work in 2009.

Charles A. Emlet, PhD
CO-INVESTIGATOR
Dr. Emlet is a Fellow of Gerontological Society of America, a member of the Association of Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGE-SW), the National Association of Social Workers, and in 2013 was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair and Fulbright Scholar at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, Canada. His current areas of research include older persons living with HIV/AIDS and LGBT aging. He received his PhD in Social Welfare from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Linda Teri, PhD
CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Dr. Teri is nationally and internationally regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in nonpharmacological treatments in dementia care. She has over thirty years of direct clinical and research experience in working with older adults with dementia and their caregivers, including family members and professionals in various health professions.

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