Participate in the Washington University Memory and Aging Project
The Memory and Aging Project is an outreach program designed to assist St. Louis residents, age 65 and older, who show signs of memory loss or confusion.
The Memory and Aging Project Satellite (MAPS) is an extension of Washington University's Memory and Aging Project, and a partner with the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging. MAPS is an outreach program designed to assist St. Louis residents, age 65 and older, who show signs of memory loss or confusion.
The MAPS goal is to help participants live at home as independently and as safely as possible with support services, and if appropriate, for eligible people to participate in ongoing studies of memory loss.
Support services include:
- one in-home assessment and memory test
- education and counseling for participant and family
- identifying needs and eligibility for support services.
Below are several points to consider when becoming a MAPS participant:
- Participation in each of the research activities is voluntary
- Taking part in this study may or may not help you personally
- Your participation is a chance to help others in the future by helping researchers find better ways to diagnose and treat Alzheimer disease
- Taking part in this study does not take the place of medical care provided by your health care provider
- Information collected about you is kept strictly confidential
Determine your eligibility. You may participate if you are:
- 65 years or older
- In stable general health
- Have no problems with memory or thinking OR have mild dementia
- Have a study partner (such as a spouse, family member, or friend) who will be interviewed yearly about your memory and thinking
- Willing and able to complete all study procedures
- Learn about the Memory and Aging Project Satellite (MAPS) program
- If interested in participating in the research, fill out the Participation in Research Inquiry Form
All services provided by MAPS are free of charge.
What to Expect
Depending on your condition and individual needs, the program can include:
- Yearly interviews about your memory and thinking in our office (2-3 hours)
- Blood sample to test DNA for genetic causes of AD
- Yearly testing of your memory and thinking in our office (2-3 hours)
- Brain scans, including magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography, every 2-3 years
- A lumbar puncture, performed every 2-3 years.
- Additional testing, such as a sleep study, for selected volunteers.
Call MAP at (314) 286-2683 for further information