Got memories? UK has a study for you

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Participants needed for memory-banking research

By Maryellen Garrison

Do you have memories that you want to share with family and friends but don’t know how?  Do you want to preserve your stories or the stories of someone you love?   Are you interested in keeping your memory active?  If you answer yes to these questions, then the research study on memory banking could be for you!

Memory-banking is a four-week program aimed at teaching people how to document and track personal life stories and health histories. With each lesson, participants will learn to connect their life story and health history to caregiving, mental healthiness, brain exercise and legacy. It is anticipated that memory-banking will enhance relationships and promote quality of life.      

The memory-banking program is a research study.  It consists of one short pre-screening interview, one pre- and one post-questionnaire that each take about 35 minutes to complete, four 60-90 minute program lessons held once a week, and one four-month follow-up telephone assessment.

The University of Kentucky’s Family Consumer Sciences Extension Service and Graduate Center for Gerontology is conducting the program. Anyone can participate, but the number is limited to 24; researchers prefer that you participate with a partner, which could be a family member, spouse, friend, neighbor or caregiver.       

We will be holding the four sessions from 3:30 to 5 p.m., April 11, 18, 25 and May 2 at Twin Oaks Assisted Living located 98 Adams Street, New Castle, which is right next to the Homestead Nursing Center. Participants will be compensated at the end of the study.

If you are interested, please call Maryellen Garrison, FCS Extension Agent or Cathy Toole, 4-H youth development agent, at (502) 845-2811.  Class size is limited so register early.  For more information, contact Principal Investigator Amy Hosier, family life Extension specialist, at (859) 257-1763 or amy.hosier@uky.edu. You may also call the University of Kentucky Office of Research Integrity at (859) 257-9428.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.