Project Description

About Dr. Maria C. Norton

Dr. Maria Norton
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
Department of Family, Consumer and Human Development

Dr. Maria C. Norton became a statistical consultant and laboratory director at Utah State University after receiving a B.S. in statistics from the University of California, Davis, and a M.S. in applied statistic from USU. From 1994 to 2001, she was project manager of the Cache County Study on Memory in Aging. Norton earned her PhD in psychology from USU in 2001 and immediately joined the Department of Family Consumer and Human Development, assuming the principal investigator role for the ongoing Study on Memory at USU. In 2012, Norton was selected as Research Scholar of the Year and received the ALEXA award from the Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter. She has published over 90 journal articles and has given over 100 scholarly presentations. Most recently, she was voted as a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Healthy Aging, Healthy Society

At present, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and, alarmingly, there are over 5 million cases of AD in the US today. The impact on afflicted individuals and their families is devastating and, without a cure, the toll on greater society will be enormous: by 2050, the number of AD cases is expected to nearly triple to 13.8 million and care costs will reach over $1.2 trillion. Researchers at Utah State University have been carrying out a landmark study on AD since 1995, having observed over 5,000 older adults residing in Cache County, Utah, for 18 years. Dr. Maria C. Norton will discuss findings from this study, the mechanisms being researched worldwide as to the etiology of AD, and what individuals can do to make a “course correction” in lifestyle to lower their risk.