Behavior-analytic research on dementia in older adults

Maranda A. Trahan, Sungwoo Kahng, Alyssa B. Fisher, Nicole L. Hausman

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It is estimated that 1 in 10 adults aged 65 years and older have been diagnosed with dementia, which is associated with numerous behavioral excesses and deficits. Despite the publication of a special section of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) on behavioral gerontology (Iwata, 1986), there continues to be a paucity of behavior-analytic research with this population. This review compares the research published before and after the behavioral gerontology special section and evaluates the most recently published aging articles in JABA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-691
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • aging
  • behavioral gerontology
  • dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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