Participant Opportunities

Are you interested in helping advance technology use and accessibility for older adults? Please see below for studies currently recruiting participants, or reach out to Megan Nickrent at nickrent@illinois.edu.

Aging Concerns, Challenges, and Everyday Solution Strategies (ACCESS) for Late-Deafened Individuals

Seeking older adults (ages 60-80) with long-term hearing loss or deafness for a research study. Study involves an interview (on Zoom or by phone) and completing questionnaires. Participants must have hearing loss in both ears for at least 10 years that occurred after the development of speech and language (late-deafened). Participants will be compensated. For more information, please contact the study coordinator, Erin Heniff: access-study@illinois.edu  or 217-265-0150 (voice call).

Aging Concerns, Challenges, and Everyday Solution Strategies (ACCESS) for Individuals with Macular Degeneration or Glaucoma

Seeking older adults (ages 60-80) with a diagnosis of Macular Degeneration or Glaucoma for a research study. Study involves an interview (on Zoom or by phone) and completing questionnaires. Participants must have been diagnosed with Macular Degeneration or Glaucoma for at least 10 years loss (due to macular degeneration or glaucoma) and require the use of additional magnification and/or assistive devices to read newspaper print. Participants will be compensated. For more information, please contact the study coordinator, Elena Remillard: access-study@gatech.edu or 404-385-2564 (voice call).

Social Engagement for Care Partners of Persons with Dementia Research Study

We are seeking adults 60 years and older who care for a family member/friend with dementia for a focus group research study. We are examining facilitators and barriers for social engagement, via video-technology platform. Participants will be compensated. For more information, contact (217) 300-5445 or Caregiver-Engage@illinois.edu

Social Engagement Research Study

We are seeking individuals aged 65 and over are needed for a research study to test and help develop a video chat technology called OneClick. Participants will engage in fun, social events with other people through a video chat platform.  You will be compensated for participation. For more info, please contact us at KCH-HFA-OneClick@illinois.edu  or (217) 265-0089.

Everyday Needs Assessment for Cognitive Tasks (ENACT)

Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are exploring challenges encountered in daily activities by adults aged 60+. If you or someone you know is experiencing recent changes in thinking, memory, or concentration or has persistent cognitive difficulties due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, or mild cognitive impairment, we would like to learn from these experiences to develop solutions. Participants must be over 60 and cannot have a history of significant psychological illness or a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. To learn more, please contact us at: 217-265-0885 or KCH-HFA-ENACT@illinois.edu.