Health Research

Social Connections and Healthy Aging

Basic Study Information

What effect does peer companionship have on the health and well-being of older adults over time?
This study is a randomized controlled trial that examines the effect of peer companionship on the health and well-being of older adults. Participation involves being randomly assigned to one of two conditions. One condition involves being paired with a peer companion volunteer and spending time with the person over two years. The other condition, "care as usual", does not involve receiving a companion. Regardless of the group an individual is assigned to, he or she is followed by research staff for two years. To be eligible, individuals must be at least age 60 and report recent feelings of loneliness or feeling like a burden on others.
Interviews to be completed in home. No travel necessary.

Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Yeates Conwell

Study Contact Information

Kim Parkhurst
(585) 760-6606

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