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Early dementia / mild cognitive impairment and changes in how you communicate

Early dementia / mild cognitive impairment and changes in how you communicate

The University of Washington SPEAC Lab is inviting individuals who have experienced changes in their thinking and memory; and have been diagnosed with, or are concerned about Mild Cognitive Impairment or early-stage dementia. This study involves answering survey questions about their experiences communicating with other people. We ask participants to nominate at least one family member or friend to also answer survey questions about their own experiences. Your participation will help healthcare providers support people with mild cognitive impairment / early dementia and the important people in their lives to stay connected through communication.

Participants experiencing the thinking and memory changes will complete their questionnaires during a remote phone or zoom session with a research staff member standing by to assist as needed. That session will be 45-60 minutes. Family and friends will complete SEPARATE surveys online, at their own time and pace (we can mail paper questionnaires if preferred). Data are not shared between participants. This study is open to anyone in the U.S.

Each participant will be mailed a $25 check upon survey completion.

To participate, click ‘Begin Study’ at: https://sites.uw.edu/speaclab/staying-connected-study/dementia/

The person with thinking / memory changes needs to start first and then nominate their family member or friend to participate.

For questions, please contact: speaclab@uw.edu or 206-221-3563

Thank you for your help! We appreciate your time helping to shape future care for people with dementia and their loved ones.

Participant Eligibility

Has noticed changes in thinking and memory, and is diagnosed with or concerned about dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment
Lives in the US
Able to complete questionnaires about their experiences communicating with other people with the help of a research assistant standing by on phone or zoom video call
Able to complete questionnaires in English
Has at least 1 family member or friend who agrees to also participate in the study to complete their own questionnaires
Lives in the community (not a nursing home)
Age 18 years or older


Carolyn Baylor
(206) 221-3563

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
Staying Connected through Communication for people with early dementia or mild cognitive impairment

Study ID: STUDY00015857
Start Date: 06/21/2022
End Date: 12/31/2024

Carolyn Baylor
Ivan Molton
Myron Goldberg

Accepts Healthy Volunteers?

Study Site(s)

University of Washington

1959 NE Pacific St. Box 356490
Seattle, Washington 98195


Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

I am interested in this research study.