When people think about staying fit, they generally think from the neck down. But brain health plays a large role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling—even sleeping. A healthy brain is important to managing stress and keeping independence as people age.
We know that depression is not a normal part of aging. We also know that while depression is treatable, it can be hard to overcome. Research has shown that about 15 percent of adults age 65 and older are depressed. But depression prevention is something we know little about.
Older adults face unique challenges that may increase their risk of becoming depressed. Chronic pain and disease, death of family and friends, declining physical abilities and financial strain are just some of the challenges faced by older adults.
A three-part study called iMANAGE (Independence, Managing Activities, No matter what AGE) is looking for participants for research studies that aim to prevent depression in older adults. If you are interested in more information about any of the studies listed, please call 412-246-6006. The studies are funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. There is no cost to join the studies, and participants will be paid for their time.
The RAPID: Knee Pain Research study is for adults 60 and older who are living with knee pain caused by arthritis. People living with knee pain are often stressed. This stress and pain put them at risk of depression, worry and trouble with movement. Our aim is to reduce knee pain, improve walking and strength and reduce the stress of living with knee pain. The study will include physical therapy. It will also include brief health coaching to help people become more physically active, better manage their pain, improve sleep and learn how to better manage daily problems. You will be seen eight to 16 times over the course of eight to 16 weeks. There are four follow-up appointments over the course of a year. All interventions are free. There is no cost to join the study, and participants will be paid for their time. We work with primary care doctors to make sure people can safely participate in the project.
The RECALL: Brain Health study is also for adults 60 and older. If you or someone you care about has trouble remembering things, you may be eligible to participate. The research team will examine health, mood and memory. You will be seen eight to 12 times over the course of eight to 16 weeks. Then you’ll return for visits three, six, nine and 12 months later. You may learn skills to help you solve everyday problems, improve your sleep and exercise better. There is no cost to join the study, and participants will be paid for their time.
The Depression ABC (Agency-Based Collaborative) study is for adults 60 and older who receive assistance with meals, transportation or personal care. The research team will examine your health and mood. You will be seen six times, every other week, over the course of 12 weeks. There are follow-up appointments three, six, nine and 12 months later. You may also learn skills to help you solve everyday problems. There is no cost to join the study, and participants will be paid for their time.
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