Radford University Nursing professor discusses research on With Good Reason public radio program

Most people would agree a sunny day makes us feel better.

Lisa Onega, a Radford University School of Nursing professor, is exploring whether exposure to bright light that mimics the sun's light can relieve those who suffer with dementia from symptoms like depression and agitation.

In addition to relieving those symptoms, Onega hopes to find a way to relieve society from the high cost of medication, the current tool-of-choice for healthcare providers.

Her research results show bright light therapy significantly reduced depression and agitation in the test group, using standardized measurements. Patients' families noticed the difference and now research partner Commonwealth Care of Roanoke (CCR) is exploring ways to implement bright light treatment at its facilities.

In addition to Onega, the research team included Psychology Professor Thomas Pierce and Radford University alumnus Lora Epperly, who serves a director of Business Development and Care Innovations at CCR.

Onega will speak about her research on the With Good Reason public radio program. The interview will air Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 on more than 60 With Good Reason stations across the United States. Listeners in the New River Valley can hear the show at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29 on Public Radio WVRU 89.9.

Programs also are available as podcasts at withgoodreasonradio.org.

With Good Reason is produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for the Virginia Higher Education Broadcasting Consortium and is broadcast on public radio stations in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

With Good Reason has won five Gabriel Awards for Best Documentary or Public Affairs Programs, and is the recipient of top honors from the Public Radio News Directors, Radio and Television Digital News Association and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.

Nov 22, 2016
Chad Osborne