Center on Aging Offers New Memory Study
Media Contact: Mary Margaret Colliver, 859-361-1887
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2008) − The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is one of 30 locations nationwide selected to participate in a home-based assessment study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study is paving the way to a new generation of memory research studies.
The study examines improved ways to collect information about older research participants rather than have them travel to a clinic to meet with health care professionals. Such visits are time-consuming and prevent older, less mobile people from participating in research.
The home-based assessment study will investigate in-home methods of information gathering including the telephone, computer and mail. The study is four years in length.
"Adults over the age of 75 are a rapidly growing segment of the population, and we need to know as much about them as possible so that we can effectively plan for their future health care," said Allison Caban-Holt, assistant professor, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and principal investigator of the study. "The home-based assessment study is one step toward meeting the health care needs of older adults, especially those with mobility problems and those who do not live close to a cutting-edge medical center like UK. Being able to obtain an accurate assessment in the comfort of one's home would be a great advance in the field of aging; we'd reach many more people."
Participants will be randomly assigned to an information gathering method and to a frequency for providing information (monthly, quarterly, or annually). The maximum amount of time any participant will spend on the study is 20 hours per year. However, most of this time will be in their homes providing research information. There is no cost to participate in this study. Eligible participants must be age 75 or older and fluent in English.
For more information about this study, please contact Sarah Carr at 859-257-1412, ext. 289.