Below is a press release from GAP-Net site, Okanagan Clinical Trials, regarding a high profile member of the community completeing a memory assessment.
Kelowna (July 21, 2020) – Maxine Dehart, local city councillor, hotelier and journalist, decided to book a memory assessment for herself after featuring Okanagan Clinical Trials as part of her Straight from DeHart column in May.
Okanagan Clinical Trials, a medical research centre located in Kelowna, provides free, comprehensive assessments to anyone concerned about memory loss, or looking to get a baseline of their cognitive function.
“I was skeptical at first, but then I decided to come in for a free memory assessment,” said DeHart. “I was pleasantly surprised by the experience; it was both insightful and informative.”
The 60-minute free assessments are facilitated by Clinical Research Coordinators, who ask a participant about their medical history and any concerns they may have with their memory. The Coordinator then performs two standardized cognitive tests, and reviews the results with the participant.
“We provide an explanation of what the scores mean and advise on potential next steps,” said Dr. Kim Christie, President of Okanagan Clinical Trials. “We know that memory is impacted by many factors including stress, so we want to provide people an avenue to express all of their memory concerns.”
Maxine opted to have her results forwarded to her family physician. She found the experience so rewarding that she is now referring her friends, which is the ultimate stamp of approval.
“I learned a lot about my memory, and I think others could benefit from accessing this service,” DeHart said. “I will be recommending that my friends book an appointment to check the health of their brain.”
If you are interested in booking a free memory test or learning more about a study, please visit www.okanaganclinicaltrials.com or call Okanagan Clinical Trials at 250-862-8141.
Okanagan Clinical Trials:
The goal of Okanagan Clinical Trials (OCT) is to provide a positive experience to participants who volunteer to take part in clinical research. OCT has been delivering compassionate and ethical care in the Okanagan since 1992.
Read more of Maxine DeHart’s experience with OCT from her column in Kelowana Now posted on July 22, 2020.