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Active Studies

The Rochester Roybal Center for Social Ties & Aging Research invites individuals caring for a loved one with dementia to participate in research studies. All studies aim to learn about ways to increase social connections and improve well-being for individuals who are caring for a family member with dementia. To learn more about any of these studies and complete a brief eligibility survey, please call or email the Health Aging Research Program: Call (585) 276-6204 or email:

Are you 50 years of age or older? Do you sometimes feel stressed because you are caring for a family member with dementia? Do you also sometimes feel isolated or left out or that you lack companionship? If so, we have several ongoing research studies you may be interested in.

Social Engagement Coaching for Caregivers

The objective of the current study is to learn whether and how individuals’ responses to social stimuli (vocal tone of audio recordings, pictures of faces) influence the degree to which a coaching intervention is helpful for improving social relationships and social supports. Study participation involves 2 study visits at the University of Rochester for assessments – one visit before and one visit after 8-9 coaching sessions (via Zoom or phone) during which a coach will help you complete a process we call ‘action planning,’ in which you set a goal for the week, brainstorm strategies to meet the goal, and identify concrete steps to take to achieve the goal.