Participate in research

A Research Team consisting of Dr. Laura Funk (University of Manitoba), Dr. Rachel Herron (Brandon University), and Dr. Dale Spencer (Carleton University) are hoping to collect diaries from 10-15 people who are caring for a cognitively impaired family member who they are living with, about their family member’s changing behaviours. We want to know how family caregivers experience, interpret and respond to their family member’s behaviour.

What Participation Involves

To participate, you would be interviewed twice in-person by a trained research assistant, at a mutually convenient time and quiet location. Each interview will last approximately an hour. The purpose of the first interview is to gather background information about your caregiving experience and answer any questions you have about the diary keeping process. You would then be asked to write 6 weekly diary entries about your experiences. We anticipate that each weekly diary entry will take approximately one hour. The second interview would last approximately 1 hour and focus on understanding your entries. Participation in this study is voluntary. You can stop at any time and are not required to complete all stages of the project.

In the long-term, we hope that the information learned from this study will inform policies and programs that better support caregivers of persons with cognitive impairment in Manitoba. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Rachel Herron (, or 204 727-9771) for more information.