HOPE-Helping Older People EngageResearch Question:
Can "Looking Back"(Life review) or "Giving Back" (Volunteering) improve social connectedness
and well-being in people age 60 and older?
Basic Study Information
Purpose:Study Reference #: 67027
The purpose of this study is to compare two activities — reflecting on one’s past
(called “life review”) and volunteering. We are interested in learning how these activities
may improve social connectedness and well-being among adults age 60 and older. Additionally,
we may ask questions about social distancing, so to that end this study is relevant
to managing the psychosocial implications of COVID-19. Volunteering involves participate
weekly in a flexible volunteer program with Lifespan. Volunteer activities can be
done from your home, such as friendly calling. Life review involves participating
in a one-year reminiscence program that is self-guided and involves completing monthly
exercises such as writing about one’s memories.
Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)
Kimberly Van orden
Study Contact InformationStudy Coordinator: HOPE Coordinator
Phone: (585) 273-1811
Additional Study Details
You may be eligible for this study if you are age 60 or older and experience any of
the following: feel like you lack companionship, feel left out, or feel isolated from
others. Participation includes zoom or phone interviews at study start, 6 months and
12 months. There are multiple-choice and open-ended questions about your physical
health, emotional health and sense of well-being. Online/mailed surveys are completed
at 3 and 9 months. Participation in the study lasts one year and involves either
volunteering (things that can be done at home like friendly calling) or life review
throughout the year. Subjects are randomly assigned (flip of a coin) to either Life
Review or Volunteering. All activities can be done from your home right now.
Number of Visits:
2 to 5
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