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Fall 2022

The following list contains studies looking for participants. All have been reviewed and approved by the our HBEC Community Advisory Board.

Supporting Caregivers of People with Dementia – This study will result in the design and implementation of a web-based training program designed by African American caregivers, addressing the historical lack of access to culturally relevant information to this population. The goal of this training is to increase caregivers' knowledge and confidence about providing safe and compassionate care. Looking for English-speaking adults who informally care for an individual with a dementia diagnosis. Study can be completed online or in person. Participants will be compensated.
Contact Rosanne DiZazzo-Miller at ar7975@wayne.edu or 313-993-3970

The WALLET Study – People who experience a decline in memory or thinking skills may unknowingly also experience a decline in taking care of their finances. This study will review the past 12 months of your bank statements and administer some psychological and cognitive tests. Looking for English-speaking adults aged 60 or older. Study completed by telephone. Participants will be compensated.
Contact Vanessa Rorai at vrorai@wayne.edu or 313-664-2604

Research Related to Age and Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Brain AgingInterested in helping research on healthy aging?
If you are right–handed, native English speaker, age 50 and older, in good health with no history of neurological or cardiac problems, please call (313) 664-2649 and ask for the "Aging Brain" study or go to www.agingbrain.wayne.edu for more information. The study includes: MRI scan of the brain, blood tests of cholesterol and glucose, and cognitive testing. The study involves yearly follow-up visits. Participants will receive $15 per hour plus parking expenses.

Performance on Coordination, Magnitude, and Temporal Relational Framing Tasks – This project examines how people learn new relationships between concepts not previously taught. Participants are asked to complete a survey online and work with a researcher over Zoom to complete different cognitive tasks. Participants must be 65- 89 and have access to a computer. The study is a one-time visit that lasts up to one hour.
For more information on how to participate, please contact Jessica Katschke at gh9613@wayne.edu or 313-577-9260

Experiences of Aging in Society – This project studies how societal beliefs about aging and older adults can affect people's lives and their health. The first part of this project involves a 20-30 minute survey. The second part (optional) involves a brief second survey or an interview. Participants must be ages 50+ and U.S. citizens.
For more information or to participate, please contact the team at StressHealthDisparitiesLab@ ou.edu, or call toll free at 1-833-743-1008 Community-based Approach to Early Identification of Transitions to Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease in African Americans,

COVID Sub-Protocol – This research seeks to improve the way we diagnose Alzheimer's Disease in Black and African American adults by using electroencephalogram (EEG) and computerized assessment. We are conducting phone-only screenings to identify the eligibility of those who may be a good fit for the study. Participants must be Black or African American and 65+ years old (among other criteria). Those who complete the in-person visits will be compensated for their time.
Contact the ELECTRA Study Team at 313-577-1692, or email ELECTRA@wayne.edu

Empower@Home – This project seeks volunteers to try an online interactive educational program. This new program, called Empower@Home, could lift your spirits and make you feel happier and more connected. Participants will try the program for up to 10 weeks, answer three surveys, and get paid up to $100 for participation. No prior computer experience is required. Tablet and internet will be provided for free as needed. No cost and no travel are needed for participation.
For more information, please contact the team at empower-at-home@umich. edu or call 734-215-5654

The WISDOM Study – This study's goal is to change the way breast cancer is detected by identifying the safest and most effective breast cancer detection tools for each woman. Looking for women aged 40 to 74. All participants will add any previous mammograms to their health history and will complete an annual health survey that includes a saliva DNA test for a genetic risk assessment, and an assessment of other risk factors.
To join the study or get more information visit www.thewisdomstudy.org or call 313-664-2616

The Heart of Detroit Study – This project aims to investigate the connections between daily social environments, life experiences, and cardiovascular health among African American adults living in the Detroit area. You might be eligible if you are between 55-75 years old and reside in Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb counties.
To learn more, please call 313-577-3334

 


Spring 2022

WALLET (Wealth Accumulations & Later-life Losses in Early cognitive Transitions) — People who experience a decline in memory or thinking skills may unknowingly also experience a decline in taking care of their finances. This study will review the past 12 months of your bank statements and administer some psychological and cognitive tests. Looking for English-speaking adults aged 60 or older. Study completed by telephone. Participants will be compensated. Wallet Study flyer  HERE 
Questions? Contact Vanessa at 313-664-2604 or vrorai@wayne.edu

Community-based Approach to Early Identification of Transitions to Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease in African Americans, COVID Sub-Protocol – This research seeks to improve the way we diagnosis Alzheimer's Disease in African Americans by using electroencephalogram (EEG) and computerized assessment. We are conducting a phone-only Enhanced Screening to identify those who may be a good fit for Research Studies Looking for Participants the study when in-person visits resume. You will also complete a questionnaire to assess your experiences with the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants must be African American and 65+ years old (among other criteria). Those who complete the Enhanced Screening and Covid questionnaire will be compensated for their time.
Contact: ELECTRA Study Team at 313-577-1692, or email ELECTRA@wayne.edu

Brain Imaging and Memory Study – Adults Age 60+ Needed 
Opportunity for healthy older adults with concerning memory complaints and/or a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) to participate in research to learn more about aging and the brain. Participants will be compensated $80 for a 6-hour visit (split over 2 days). The study includes an MRI scan, cognitive testing and saliva collection.
For more information, call (313)-664-2670 or email connectlab@wayne.edu

Brain AgingInterested in helping research on healthy aging?
If you are right–handed, native English speaker, age 50 and older, in good health with no history of neurological or cardiac problems, please call (313) 664-2649 and ask for the "Aging Brain" study or go to www.agingbrain.wayne.edu for more information. The study includes: MRI scan of the brain, blood tests of cholesterol and glucose, and cognitive testing. The study involves yearly follow-up visits. Participants will receive $15 per hour plus parking expenses.

How are you coping with the Covid-19 pandemic?
Wayne State University and the University of Kentucky are studying people's social and psychological reactions to this crisis. Please help us by completing the brief, anonymous survey. Invite others to take the survey, too, and share on social media.
CLICK HERE to take the Covid-19 Experience Survey.

Supporting African American Older Adult Caregivers – African American family caregivers are needed for a research study that can be completed at home, online or in-person at Wayne State University. Participants will participate in up to 3-4 focus groups or interviews during the course of the study. Each focus group or interview will last approximately 1-2 hours for a total time commitment of approximately 4-8 hours. All participants will receive a gift card for participation. Contact: Rosanne DiZazzo - Miller at 313-993-3970 or ar7975@wayne.edu

Aging & Changing Natural Environments in Detroit – Led by HBEC's faculty member Dr. Tam Perry, this project seeks to better understand the impacts of climate change, changing natural environ- ments, and water and housing concerns on older adults in De- troit. Open to any Detroit resident aged 55 or older to complete a survey by phone, Zoom, or mail. Clikc the link below or type link into your browser to complete study online: bit.ly/ACNED-Survey or contact Evan Villeneuve at 313-332-8267 or ee8332@wayne.edu.

The Heart of Detroit Study – This project aims to investigate the connections between daily social environments, life experiences, and cardiovascular health among African American adults living in the Detroit area. You might be eligible if you are between 55-75 years old and reside in Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb counties.
Contact study team at: 313-577-3334