Be the Change

brain health be the change and volunteer for research 250x250Things that improve health and wellness are established understandings through research. Scientists study questions to find answers, leading to new approaches and insights to living well. But researchers can't do the work alone, they depend on volunteers to participate in studies and help lead the change. When it comes to Alzheimer's disease, researchers are making tremendous progress in their understanding as they fight this disease with new studies launching every month. Clinical trial participation is just one way you can make a difference in ending not only Alzheimer’s disease, but many other diseases. It truly takes a village and being a part of the solution is extremely rewarding.  
 
It’s not easy to take the first step toward a new program or routine, which is why we connected with Josh Sipes, a Clinical Research Program Manager at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and asked him for some advice to overcome a few common objections.  

I don’t have dementia, so I can’t help. Right? 

“This isn’t true! While there are studies focusing on those with cognitive impairments, there are also prevention and longitudinal studies for those who aren’t affected. Participating in clinical trials can help others, including future family members who may be at risk for Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.”  

I have no idea where to start. 

“An easy first step is to sign up for the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry. You’ll receive emails about prevention study opportunities and research news. You can then choose to participate in studies you qualify for. In addition, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has a general research phone number. If you are interested in knowing more about how you can participate locally, call us and we’ll take it from there. We will pre-screen anyone and refer to any appropriate study we may have.”

I don’t really have time to participate in a research project. 

“We recognize that some clinical studies are more time intensive than others, but there are many study options ranging from bi-weekly to yearly involvement and there are often work-arounds for any time concerns.” 

Are you ready to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease? Take the first step by signing up for the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry. Participating in programs like the Registry or other studies can help you develop a sense of contributing to the greater good or a specific cause, giving yourself a feeling of meaning or purpose.