The Aging Family Project Research Study


Caring for a frail family member can be one of the most difficult times for a family. It can also be one of the most fulfilling, meaningful, and intimate experiences for all involved.
A new Web program is currently being developed by the Oregon Center for Applied Science, Inc. to help prepare family caregivers for the challenges they often face on this journey. The interactive Web site provides visitors with an opportunity to hear from other family caregivers as they offer insights and tips about assisting a loved one with a serious illness. The program provides information to help keep a loved one safe, find out if more help is needed, get assistance with difficult decisions, and much more.

About the Research Study
The National Institutes of Health is funding a caregiver support research study to test the effectiveness of the Web program called "Caregiver's
Friend: Living with Serious Illness." Those who qualify for the study will receive $50 for filling out two surveys and trying the new Web site. Each survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. All names are kept confidential. There are no sales or mailing lists involved.

Who qualifies for the study?
To qualify, participants must:
Have an aging loved one 50 years or older in need of help with daily tasks like bathing, eating, dressing, grooming, toileting, or walking have a personal email address and access to a computer with a high speed Internet connection such as broadband cable or DSL.
Only one person per household may participate in the study.

How to get involved in the study
Those interested in the study should contact the Aging Family Project.
Call toll-free 1-800-934-0626 or send an email to If emailing, please include your name, phone number (including area code) and the best time to reach you by phone.
Questions? Call the Aging Family Project toll-free 1-800-934-0626 or email us at

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