Memory and Fear Study (Fear of Memory Loss Study)

  • End date
    Mar 1, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Northwestern University
Updated on 24 May 2021


This study is a randomized control study to determine the impact of a tailored, web-based mindfulness program to reduce anxiety and increase the quality of life in older adults experiencing dementia-related fears, relative to a conventional meditation program.


The study will test two different types of online mindfulness programs to see if an online self-paced mindfulness program can help reduce anxiety related to memory loss. Participants will be involved in the study for a total of 10 weeks. Participants will log on to an online mindfulness program 4 days per week for about 10-20 minutes each. The total program will last 3 weeks. Participants will also be asked to complete questionnaires before starting the program, during the program, and after they complete the program.

Condition Anxiety and Fear
Treatment Tailored Mindfulness Program for Fear of Memory Loss, Conventional Mindfulness Program
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04821960
SponsorNorthwestern University
Last Modified on24 May 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

years of age or older
Elevated dementia-related fear
Able to read/write in English
Willingness to be randomized to intervention group
Willingness to complete three weeks of self-guided intervention, questionnaires, and cognitive tests
Access to a reliable internet connection

Exclusion Criteria

Diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's Disease, or dementia by a healthcare provider
Impaired cognitive or neurologic function
Unstable medical condition
Severe depression
Current treatment for anxiety or depression
Current participation in another psychotherapy
Current use of psychiatric medication
Current substance use disorder
Inadequate vision or hearing to interact with study materials
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