Caregiving research study seeks families


Do you provide help to an older family member? Or, are you an older adult who needs some help from family members? If so, you’re part of a caregiving family. 

Providing and accepting help can be tough in the best of times, but it's even more challenging now. Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University is looking for caregiving families to help test an online communication and care coordination resource designed to help families talk and make decisions about caregiving. 

To be eligible to participate in the study, your family must meet the following criteria:

  1. You have one family member (60+) who needs help with at least one personal care task (such as bathing, dressing, grooming, etc.) AND/OR at least two other life tasks (such as housekeeping, meals, transportation etc.).
  2. The family member who needs help does not have a diagnosis of dementia.
  3. The family member who needs help is living in the community (that is, not in a nursing home).
  4. You have at least three family members (18+) willing to participate in the study (including the family member who needs help). Participating family members may live at a distance from the person who needs help. 

Participating families will be provided with resources to help hold a family meeting - either in person or remotely. At the beginning of the project and six months later, each family member will complete an online survey. Some families will also be asked to participate in a telephone interview. Participation in this study can be done completely online. 

Qualifying families will receive $50.00 per participating family member.

For more information or to participate in the study contact Abby Helsinger at or 513-529-3880.