Form a plan to reach out to religious groups. Often these groups comprise altruistic, compassionate persons who want to make a difference in their communities and world, and who want to support organizations that also have that aim. Ask to speak to interfaith groups such as local Ministerial Alliance and Church Women United meetings. Ask to speak to individual denominational meetings (although I suspect the interfaith... more »
Goal: Empower people from diverse communities -- those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, their families and caregivers, healthy adults, clinicians, businesses, workers, and the general public -- to participate in research.
Ideas in this area might address:
- What messages and education about clinical studies and research participation are needed to engage a variety of audiences
- Where it would be helpful to deliver messages and education
- How to best connect/match participants with research
- How to better use technology and social media to facilitate participation
- How to engage health care professionals to inform patients about research participation
- Role of funders, organizations, policymakers in implementing
Raise awareness on the importance of brain health through celebrity driven awareness campaigns. Much like the Selena Gomez campaign on Lupus nephritiis, institute a celebrity driven campaign for AD targeted towards the 50+ population
Set up a newspaper based advertisement with regular frequency in a section that targets the 50+ population to raise awareness on the importance of brainhealth.
For patients and physicians who register with an online patient registry, the registry should automatically send weekly updates on new trials open close to the zip code of the patient or the physician so that the stakeholder can be informed of new trials through a more passive approach
Institute a celebrity driven awareness campaign targeted towards raising awareness of clinical trials in AD among the 50+ age cohort either through TV ads or on the radio or through newspapers.
Recruit a celebrity to complete a Trial Match Profile and use a slogan of "I Did It - You Can Too!" This will create interest and especially drive home the point that you do NOT have to have Alzheimer's or be of a certain age in order to participate in Trial Match
Partner with formal and informal community groups. Go to places where older adults tend to go, such as church, grocery stores, hair salons, coffee shops, etc. Ask the priest or pastor, or manager if you could speak for a few minutes about memory loss and research studies. Be a frequent visitor and make friends.
Electronic updates and disease population specific information with simple tool for informing individual patient about potentially appropriate open studies and trials. If this tool could be integrated into healthcare systems electronic records tied to diagnostic codes, a family practice, internal medicine and or neurologist would be reminded at time of visit and simply print of a one page description of potentially... more »
Organizations like 23 and Me offer affordable genetic testing for late onset Alzheimer's. Due to family history, both my wife and I took these test due to family history. We also self reported a very extensive personal health and lifestyle history, helping to create a significant database of possible contributing factors to the emergence or progression of the disease. Our goals were to increase awareness so as to better... more »
I recently participated in a Virtual Tour at a local ALZ office which was amazing! My husband was diagnosed 4 yrs ago at age 59 and I have been reading and researching plus he joined a clinical trial in Nashville and when we decided it was time to move back to TX they would not transfer him and the result to anyone in TX so he could continue. There were 2-3 places available in TX so this is all about the drug company... more »
Create and maintain a database of Alzheimer's patients and their family members. This will enable researchers to not only contact family with important research results but also to have the ability to follow this disease on a massive scale. Then maybe scientists and researchers will have a better opportunity to find trial participants with documented genetic links to this disease.
Anyone, who has experienced the insult of Alzheimers, firsthand, would rather hear from doctors on the front lines, than from anyone else for their loved one's care. Researchers could use surrogates on television to relay their trial ideas for possible Alzheimers prevention, treatment or screening opportunities. That would, at least, drive interest toward, current, trial opportunities, given the legitimacy. Researchers... more »
My husband and I would like opportunities to share our caregiver story of how we met and continued to care for our Alzheimer's spouse while they were in memory care facilities.
The rural communities and health car professionals and need to work together better to have a understanding of the Alzheimer
and dementia diseases and behaviors to gain better care and facilities that do not put all levels of disease in one place !!!
A good example of a facility that has this in place is the Masonic home in Elizabeth town, PA>
The need to find more qualified participants of all backgrounds and ages is critical to the outcome of any clinical trial. As noted elsewhere expense is an issue. Distance driving is a big stumbling block to participation. Our local senior center is a tremendous group of those who have cared for, currently care for or are experiencing a slow decline in cognitive skills. I am a former mental health counselor and I have... more »