Memory-loss study seeks volunteers

Researchers at WSU are seeking volunteers aged 50 and over to participate in a study that may lead to new techniques to assist those suffering from progressive dementia.

Led by Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, associate professor of psychology at WSU, the study is intended to provide a better understanding of how various types of memory and other cognitive functions relate to the daily activities of older adults.

The study requires about 120 English-speaking participants, divided equally between those who have experienced no memory problems, mild memory problems and more significant memory problems. Participants must have no history of significant brain surgery, stroke, heart attack, brain damage of known cause or a neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis.

Eligibility will be determined through a telephone interview, and those accepted will be asked to complete from four to six hours of testing spread over several days. The testing can be done in Pullman or Spokane.

Those who participate will be given a written comprehensive assessment of their individual attention, memory, language and problem-solving abilities relative to others of the same age. This information may be useful in their current or future medical care.

For additional information or to volunteer, call and leave a message at 335-4033, ext. 2.