Volunteer For a Research Study

Research participant uses a radio in the living room of her apartment

By participating in a study, you're helping researchers better understand the aging process. Opportunities range from simple survey taking to longitudinal studies that allow us to gather invaluable information about how individuals change over time. 

Current opportunities

ABOUT THE STUDY

ORCATECH is recruiting participants for a research study to examine how financial behaviors change with age. The goal of the study is to discover the relationships between financial behaviors and cognitive healthLearn more about E-FIND

WHAT TO EXPECT

Participation in the study includes: 

  • Two virtual visits (or two visits over the phone)
  • 12 months of free, online secure financial monitoring, provided by EverSafe
  • Completion of two study questionnaires

As a participant you will receive a personal financial monitoring service that was designed especially for older adults. EverSafe, the technology company that will be providing financial monitoring, will send you alerts if they detect any significant unusual activity in your accounts. Neither EverSafe nor OHSU has access or the ability to move your money, but OHSU will receive information about alerts generated for you.

ELIGIBILITY 

  • Are already participating in an ORCATECH project
  • Have online access to your banking, investment, or other financial accounts

CONTACT

For more information, please contact the study coordinator Jennifer Marcoe at marcoej@ohsu.edu

ABOUT THE STUDY

OHSU researchers want to know how technology can help us improve healthcare. By sharing your opinions with us, you will be helping researchers develop healthcare and technology initiatives that better meet the needs of the community. By participating online, you'll help researchers learn from a broader community, helping them develop more inclusive projects and healthcare solutions. Learn more about the RITE Study. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Complete online surveys on a regular basis

  • Twice a month: a survey about your health
  • Once every 3-4 months: a survey about your opinions of healthcare & technology

ELIGIBILITY

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have an Internet enabled device and an email address 

CONTACT 

For more information, please contact the study coordinator Sarah Gothard at rite@ohsu.edu 

ABOUT THE STUDY

The ORCATECH Life Lab uses technology to assess activity in a home, with the hope of helping people live on their own longer. By participating in this study, you’ll be contributing to the development of future devices that aim to increase the quality of life of older adults.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Continuous measurement of activity patterns, by using motion sensors placed in each room of your home and devices like a digital watch, scale and pillbox
  • A medical exam and periodic memory testing

ELIGIBILITY

  • Be at least 62 years old
  • Live independently or with a partner

CONTACT

For more information, contact Nicole Sharma at orcatech@ohsu.edu

ABOUT THE STUDY

Do you care for a family member with dementia? Would you like to learn more about coping with upsetting behaviors and mood? OHSU researchers are working to understand how telehealth (video-chat technology, similar to Skype), can be used to help family members caring for someone with dementia. We are looking for family Care Partners to help us. Learn more about Tele-STELLA

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • 1 preliminary visit with OHSU study staff 
  • Completing a set of surveys – each set consists of up to 10 surveys - about 6 times during the course of the study. These assess your mood, coping and family member behavior and are completed at home.
  • 8 visits to learn how to manage challenging behaviors related to dementia. These visits will be in your home via telehealth. We will connect with you on a computer that we will lend to you. 
    • The first 4 visits are in private, with a STELLA Guide.
    • The next 4 visits are with you, the Guide, and 1 to 3 other family Care Partners.
  • 8 meetings to share ideas and connect with up to 20 other Care Partners
  • We will provide a stipend and lend you a computer for the study.

ELIGIBILITY 

  • You care for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
  • Your family member has 3 or more bothersome behaviors (for example, asking the same question over and over, pacing, or refusing help with personal care).

CONTACT 

For more information, please contact Dr. Allison Lindauer at lindauer@ohsu.edu

ABOUT THE STUDY

Researchers at OHSU want to create a network of people with memory impairment, dementia or Alzheimer's disease and their family members. Learn more about ORCASTRAIT 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Participants in ORCASTRAIT (Oregon Roybal Center for CAre Support Translational Research Advantaged by Integrating Technology) will be asked to volunteer in pilot research studies focused on interventions that aim to support family members. We want to learn how activity changes over time within the homes of people who are caring for those with cognitive impairment. A participant's home will be equipped with motion sensors and digital devices that continuously measure in-home activity

ELIGIBILITY - HOME REQUIREMENTS 

  • A participant's home must:
    • Have internet available 
    • Be larger than a studio apartment
  • Home of person with memory concern must be larger than a studio apartment and have no more than two residents

ELIGIBILITY - PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS

A participant must be either of the following: 

  • A person with a memory impairment, dementia or Alzheimer's disease. This person must be 62 or older
  • A family member of a person with memory impairment. This person must be 18 or older

CONTACT 

For more information, please contact Natasha Spoden at spoden@ohsu.edu

ABOUT THE STUDY

Research shows that remaining socially active later in life can have a positive impact on memory and mental function. I-CONECT is exploring how social conversation can help improve memory and may prevent dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. In this study, participants connect with the research team using senior-friendly technology for fun and engaging conversations in the comfort of their own home. Learn more about the I-CONECT study. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Interesting chats and/or calls for up to a year
  • All supplies & transportation provided
  • Memory and thinking evaluations

ELIGIBILITY

  • At least 75 years of age
  • Looking for more opportunity to talk with others
  • Generally healthy

CONTACT

For more information, please contact the study team at i-conect@ohsu.edu