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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Gerontology: M.S.


Program in Gerontology


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Phyllis Greenberg

Second Advisor

Rona Karasik

Third Advisor

Beth Knott

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, veterans


This paper explores how aging veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder in later life, especially when they have the potential to experience this in conjunction with a dementia. This project discusses symptoms and changes in neuroanatomy that are similar in both disorders, and a possible causal relationship. The collection of research presented should raise awareness of the disorders and therapy options, and the question of how to best provide care for older veterans with this unique set of memory-centered comorbidities.