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Dr. Benson is a family gerontologist whose program of research has a translation focus aimed at enhancing the psychological and social lives of older adults and their caregiving families. Much of her work focuses on testing and implementing psychosocial and behavioral interventions designed to promote healthy lifestyles, positive family connections, and better mental health outcomes for family caregivers of older adults living with cancer, dementia, or other serious illnesses. Key interests are home-based palliative care and hospice, peer-delivered social support, shared decision making, participatory research methods, and dissemination and implementation science.
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