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Topic: As a researcher, what barriers do you encounter when working with older adults? What incentives do you find to be most successful in enticing this population to participate in research studies?

(1 Posts) from United States on Jun 15, 2009:

As a researcher, what barriers do you encounter when working with older adults? What incentives do you find to be most successful in enticing this population to participate in research studies?

Kristi (41 Posts) from United States on Jun 16, 2009:

I find that motivation can sometimes be a challenge.

A (4 Posts) from United States on Jun 22, 2009:

I know for my dissertation research, encouraging participation with this population was difficult. Even with the provided incentives, my numbers remained very low. Being in a university setting/area the same individuals get targeted for participation... not really sure how to get around that one, though.

Adilson (1 Posts) from Brazil on Aug 25, 2009:

Well, here in Brazil, low educational and SES level of the older populatin are, in my beleve, important barriers. Other point we found to make hard bring aged people to research is that some people have, in any moment of life, participated in research without heard any result back. So, I beleve it's important return results for this population. This, we found to increase participation on our experience in LAGER, especially in olders enrolled in the prograns developed by our group. Other point that I beleve to have some influence on older's participation is that we need to give attention for then and not only treat then like sample. Besides all must be relevent differences between countries as well as similarities. So this is an important place for change experience and knowledge.

Bevan (1 Posts) from New Zealand on Aug 26, 2009:

I don't find any difficulty with involving 'older' people in my research. I think one of the keys is the level of interest the researcher can generate about the project when talking to or recruiting potential participants. I feel this applies irrespective of the type of project. There should be something in it for the participant. If they sense the project to be of value TO SELF I find they are more than willing to be involved.

Marianthi (1 Posts) from Venezuela on Nov 29, 2009:

The groups I work with are mostly made up of women in their 50´s and 60´s. I teach them therapeutic yoga, self massage and injury-prevention disciplines. They are great to work with, much fun and their progress in flexibility and coordination noticeable. I have not involved them in any formal research but if I were to do it, I would concentrate around the topic of the mood uplift in them generated by the classes - because that is what they most often comment upon.


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