psychology

Designing a Dementia Prevention Program for Young Adults

By lydia ricks

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Lydia is a Senior Psychology major at Millersville University, with plans to attend Millersville for her Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Lydia decided to complete her undergraduate thesis for the Honors College on Dementia Prevention in Young Adults. Lydia first became interested in dementia when working at her local retirement home as an activity assistant. There, she found her interest in working with older adults, and she is on track to becoming a Geriatric Counselor. Since Lydia will be graduating a year early and the COVID pandemic added other barriers, she was unable to conduct the workshop that she proposes. Instead, she decided to start the conversation of prevention methods for young adults in developing dementia. Lydia has been the recipient of the Honors College Scholarship and the Paul & Caroline Beideman Honors College Fellowship Endowment. Thanks to her tremendously considerate and supportive academic/ thesis advisor, Dr. Elizabeth Thyrum, Lydia is looking forward to graduating and being one step closer to achieving her goals.