Research

Statistics on older adults and current clinical research studies

When we know more about the needs of older adults, we can better serve those in our community.

CICOA has participated in a number of national, state and local surveys designed to give statistically relevant information about the needs of older adults in our community. Data from these surveys is used in planning services for Central Indiana.

Research Study Opportunities

Interested in partnering with CICOA for a research study?

FEATURED STUDY

CICOA and IU School of Nursing are partnering to support recruitment for the PRIMA Research study.

PRIMA: Promoting Re-engagement in Meaningful Activity

This study provides a tool for adults with mild cognitive impairment and their caregivers to find out the best way to help them to support each other to engage in meaningful activities.

PRIMA: Promoting Re-engagement in Meaningful Activity

National Institute of Health (NIH); National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR); Indiana University School of Nursing

CICOA is newly contracted with the IU School of Nursing to support recruitment for the PRIMA Research study. In this study, IU will provide the Reengagement in Daily Meaningful Activity Intervention for adults with mild cognitive impairment and their caregivers to identify the best way to help them to support each other to engage in meaningful activities and to cope with memory problems and evaluate how well it works to increase their health benefits. Participation is completely voluntary.

Eligible Participants

  • Must be 60 years of age or older
  • Can read and speak English
  • Have mild cognitive impairment: defined as impairment that is noticeable to family and friends but does not affect the individual’s ability to carry out every day activities
  • Are supported by an adult family member or friend who is also able to read and speak English can participate

Study Overview

  • One face-to-face session (or via phone or Zoom if preferred), and seven (7) telephone sessions all of which will be arranged for convenience. Face-to-face sessions you be conducted with research team in a private location.
  • Taking part in a skill-building program can help participants learn about important things they can do to manage the symptoms of MCI and stay engaged in meaningful activity.

Compensation

  • Both the care recipient and caregiver can receive up to four $20 gift cards after completion of sessions throughout the program.

CICOA’s Research team is recruiting individuals to participate in this study. If you are interested in participating or know someone who you think may be eligible and interested, please complete the form.

PRIMA Study Form

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CARE Platform Testing

This study aims to gather feedback about a technology platform to engage and educate African American communities about brain health and Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias clinical research.

CARE Platform Testing

Indiana University School of Nursing

Collaborative for Aging Research and Engagement (CARE)

This study aims to gather feedback about a technology platform to engage and educate African American communities about brain health and Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) clinical research.

Our long term goal is to identify factors influencing motivation, recruitment and retention in brain health and ADRD research among African American/Black adults, 45 years of age and older.

This project focuses on gathering community feedback to help guide the creation of an app called LOLA, which will be used to teach users about Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, connect users with local resources, and share information about other research opportunities.

Usability and Pilot Testing of the CARE Platform

Individuals will participate in platform testing sessions to give feedback regarding the CARE platform features and functions. This allows participants to give real-time feedback while the CARE Research Team observes how users will navigate the platform.

The pre-pilot study aims to identify any usability or implementation challenges before continuing on to a 4-week pilot study of the CARE platform. Participants will use the platform over time and will report back to the research team about their knowledge gained after using the platform.

Educational presentations at organizations/congregations available.

Website: https://care.iu.edu

If you are interested in participating, please contact Bianca Cureton by email bcureto@iu.edu or contact (317) 408-8036 to get more information.

 

CASOA Survey

To better understand the strengths and challenges of seniors aging in place, CICOA uses findings and statistics from the Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults (CASOA)™ to plan services for Central Indiana.

The CASOA survey is an opportunity for older adults to report on the strengths and needs of their community. The report summarizes how older residents view their community and its success in creating a thriving environment for older adults.

CASOA participants rate the overall quality of life in their community. They also evaluate their communities as livable communities for older adults within six domains:

  • Community Design
  • Employment and Finances
  • Equity and Inclusivity
  • Health and Wellness
  • Information and Assistance
  • Productive Activities.