Marriage and Cognition of Older Adults Research Proposal by Nicky

A research proposal to explore the impact of matrimony on the cognitive abilities of older adults.
# 150225 | 2,140 words | 11 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 30, 2012 in Women Studies (Marriage) , Sociology (General) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper presents a proposal to determine the extent to which being married helps to keep an individual's mind sharp and to ward off age-related health problems such as memory loss and/or dementia. The paper outlines the methodology and research questions to be used and notes the expected results and limitations of the study.

Statement of the Problem
Purpose of the Study
Research Questions
Expected Results

From the Paper:

"As the Baby Boomer segment of the population grows older, there will be some inevitable increases in age-related health problems For instance, today, approximately one in twenty people older than the age of 65 years suffers from severe dementia about three in twenty people in this age group suffer from mild dementia (Kane & Houston-Vega, 2004). The incidence of severe dementia, though, increases to one in five people over the age of 80 years (Sadock & Sadock, 2003). Of the various types of dementia, Alzheimer's disease represents the most common type; this disorder manifests as profound impairment of cognitive functions, particularly memory, but with other potential symptoms including aphasia, apraxia, agnosia, and disturbances in executive functioning (Kane & Houston-Vega, 2004). The second most common type of is vascular dementia (Sadock & Sadock, 2003). Besides these more prevalent forms, other types of dementia may afflict the elderly as a result of Pick's disease, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, AIDS, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and trauma to the head (Sadock & Sadock, 2003).
"While the clinical course of the various types of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, differs among affected individuals, there are some consistent and predictable behavioral patterns that help clinicians diagnose these disorders in the elderly (Kane & Houston-Vega, 2004). According to Monahan (1999), "Dementia is an irreversible, chronic, degenerative illness that destroys neural structures and often leaves its victims unable to communicate, bathe, dress, or otherwise care for themselves" (p. 123)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fraenkel, J. R. & Wallen, N. E. (2001). Educational research: A guide to the process. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Dennis, C., & Harris, L. (2002). Marketing the e-business. London: Routledge.
  • Kane, M. N. & Houston-Vega, M. K. (2004). Maximizing content on elders with dementia while teaching multicultural diversity. Journal of Social Work Education, 40(2), 285.
  • Liu, L. & Rettenmaier, A. J. (2003). Social Security outcomes by racial and education groups. Southern Economic Journal, 69(4), 842-843.
  • Monahan, D. J. (1999). Assessment of dementia patients and their families: An ecological- family-centered approach. Health and Social Work, 18(2), 123-124.

Cite this Research Proposal:

APA Format

Marriage and Cognition of Older Adults (2012, January 30) Retrieved April 20, 2024, from

MLA Format

"Marriage and Cognition of Older Adults" 30 January 2012. Web. 20 April. 2024. <>