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 in the community (“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 that involves a menu of options including helping at senior centers,
co-leading classes, mentoring/tutoring and many other options. 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 in-person interviews at URMC 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 or life review throughout the year. Subjects are randomly assigned (flip
of a coin) to either Life Review or Volunteering.
Number of Visits:
2 to 5
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