CarFreeMe is a program for people with memory loss living in Minnesota who are considering retiring from driving or are acclimating to driving retirement. The program enrolls them and their supportive family member(s).
CarFreeMe is studying the effects of a coaching and educational program to support people who have memory concerns and are considering retiring from driving or are adjusting to driving retirement. The study provides telephone or video conference coaching sessions for the individual with memory loss, together with their supportive family member, as they prepare for or acclimate to driving retirement. The CarFreeMe intervention aims to share strategies for decision-making and information on alternate transportation options for adapting to driving retirement in order to promote independence and well-being.
This study is for people living in Minnesota with memory loss who are thinking about driving retirement or who are adjusting to driving retirement along with their supportive family member. Supportive family members do not have to live in Minnesota.
If you are determined to be eligible:
- You will first complete a survey that takes about 45 minutes to finish.
- Then, you and your family member will review 7 modules together with a trained CarFreeMe coach. Family members may have an additional session to attend. The sessions typically occur weekly and last about 1 hour. The timing and exact number of sessions is individualized.
- You will complete 2 more surveys- one after 1 month in the study and one after 3 months in the study.
- After you and your family member have completed the study, we will ask each of you to participate in a phone interview. The purpose of this interview is to get your feedback about the CarFreeMe program.
We will ask you to participate for 3 months. You will be asked to complete 3 surveys over the course of those 3 months. Your participation is voluntary. You can withdraw at any time.
No! The coaching sessions with you and your family member happen over the phone or by secure video conference and the surveys will be mailed or emailed to the both of you.
You and your family member would receive $25 each after every survey you finish and return. You and your family member will also receive $25 each for completing a phone interview at the completion of the 3-month program. In total, each participant who completes all 3 surveys and the phone interview at the end of the 3-month study will receive $100.
Please click on the Contact link on the right side of the page (under “Contact”) and provide your contact information. We will be in touch in a couple days to answer any questions and see if this study is right for you.