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Welcome to the Social relationships, Health, and Altruism Research (SHARE) Lab at UC Davis!

Older adults are often portrayed as recipients of care, but they can also give and contribute! Our goal is to understand how and why older adults help others, and whether these helping behaviors may build older adults’ resilience against age-related declines and promote healthy aging. We examine formal volunteering, informal helping (everyday support), and intensive caregiving, along with other aspects of social relationships (e.g., positive encounters, interpersonal tensions, coping strategies). We are also interested in individual differences in these social behaviors with a specific focus on empathy, the ability to share and understand others’ emotions.

Our research primarily draws on survey methods, observational studies, daily diaries, ecological momentary assessments, and accelerometer data collection techniques.

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Participate in Our Study

Do you care for your spouse or partner who has been affected by memory loss?

The UC Davis Social Relationships, Health, and Altruism Research (SHARE) lab is collaborating with the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center to understand how persons living with early-stage Alzheimer's disease interact with their spousal caregivers. We are looking for spousal caregivers and people who are 60 years or older, have received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, and experience mild to moderate cognitive impairment. 

If you are interested in participating, please call us at (530) 771-6317 or visit our study page to see if you qualify:

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