Maine Older Adult Research Registry

 

Welcome to the Maine Older Adult Research Registry!

What is the purpose of the Maine Older Adult Research Registry?

The goal of the Maine Older Adult Research Registry is to create a way to quickly recruit adults 50+ for research projects through the University of Maine and partner organizations. The registry makes it easy for older adults to connect with and support research. The types of research projects vary and can include research on topics like caregiving, Alzheimer’s and dementia studies, studies on emotional well-being, volunteering, and testing new products and services for older adults.

What do I have to do to join?

To join the registry, you will need to complete a short questionnaire about yourself and provide contact information so we may reach out to you regarding new projects and research studies. There is no cost to join.

What happens after I join the Maine Older Adult Research Registry?

A staff person from the University of Maine Center on Aging will contact you when there is a research study you could potentially participate in. Once you are contacted, you can decide if you want to take part in the study. When you are contacted, you will be given instructions for signing up with the research project. You then decide if you want to participate or not. Registry staff will contact you each year to update your registry profile information so that we can match you with studies that may be of interest to you.

What if I no longer want to be part of the Maine Older Adult Research Registry?

You may withdraw your consent to participate in the registry at any time. To withdraw, contact Kelley Morris at the University of Maine Center on Aging at kelley.morris@maine.edu or 207-262-7925.  Your name and personal details will then be removed from the registry.

What are the benefits of joining the Maine Older Adult Research Registry?

Your participation in the Registry may help to improve the quality of life and care for older adults by advancing aging research. It is possible that by joining the Maine Older Adult Research Registry you may be contacted about participating in a project or research from which you would directly benefit. Periodically, the Center on Aging will offer registry members special discounts to Center events as a thank you for taking part in the registry.

How will my information be handled?

The information you provide will be kept on file at the Center on Aging in a secure, password protected database. Only Center on Aging research staff will have access to this information and staff will only use this information to contact you about potential research projects or to update your registry information. The information you provide will be kept on file until you request that it be removed. If we have not made contact with you within three years, your file will be removed from the registry.

Who can I contact to answer any questions?

If you have questions about taking part in the registry, please contact Jennifer Crittenden at jennifer.crittenden@maine.edu or 207-262-7923 if you have any questions. If you do join, you can change your mind and withdraw from the registry at any time and request to remove any of your information provided to the registry.

Ready to join? Click here to fill out a registry profile form to join the registry.

 

 

Information for Researchers

If you would like to recruit older adult study participants via the registry, please contact Jennifer Crittenden, Center on Aging Assistant Director, at jennifer.crittenden@maine.edu or 207-262-7923. You will need to provide your study recruitment materials, a summary of your project and a description of the study sample you are recruiting or study inclusion criteria, and documentation of IRB approval from a DHHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) registered IRB.