Indiana Researchers to Explore How Dementia Screening Affects Family Members

Indiana Researchers to Explore How Dementia Screening Affects Family Members
A study at the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, exploring how screening seemingly healthy older people for dementia impacts family members, has been awarded a $126,000 grant by the National Institute on Aging. The study, called “Effects on Families of older adults Experiencing Cognitive Testing (EFECT)," is an outgrowth of the CHOICE trial at Indiana University — where potential benefits and disadvantages for people being screened are under investigation in a similar manner. CHOICE (NCT01699503), which is currently enrolling participants at its three study sites in the state, aims to recruit 4,000 people, age 65 and older, from primary care practices. "EFECT is the first study to investigate if the benefits for family members — who may likely evolve into caregivers — of early dementia screening of seemingly cognitively healthy older adults outweigh the harms," said the study's leader, Nicole Fowler, in a press release. "Our results will directly inform optimal care for older adults at risk of dementia as well as impacting the lives of the spouses, daughters, sons, and other family members who face the daunting task of caring for a loved one with dementia.” The EFECT study, which has not yet started, will measure how much family members know about the screening process, and if they are prepared for a potential caregiving role, including the ability to plan for future care needs. “We will a
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