In-Home Technology for Caregivers of People With Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment
This study aims to develop and evaluate new in-home supportive technology to help alleviate anxiety, burden, and loneliness in family caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease, related dementias, or mild cognitive impairment.
|Minimum Age||Maximum Age||Gender||Healthy Volunteers|
- Fluent/literate in English
- Reside with spouse/family member who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, related dementias, or mild cognitive impairment
- Primarily use a smartphone, for example an iPhone or Android
- Have wireless internet in home
Individuals With Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, or Mild Cognitive Impairment
- Conditions other than neurodegenerative conditions affecting behavior and cognition
- Longstanding Axis I psychiatric disorder
- Metabolic disorder or major organ dysfunction
- Alcohol abuse or dependence (within five years of dementia onset)
- Head trauma that had loss of consciousness greater than 30 minutes
- MRI scan results that are in conflict with the person's diagnosis
- Large confluent white matter lesions
- Significant systemic medical illness
- Use of a medication likely to adversely affect central nervous system functions
This study aims to develop, refine, and evaluate a new hardware and software system that can integrate in-home sensors and devices, Internet-of-Things technologies (devices that can be controlled and communicated with via the internet), and social networking.
In the full intervention, the participants self-install the in-home technology system in their homes. Intelligent bots monitor the in-home sensors, learn typical patterns, and provide caregivers with text messages via cell phone and alerts via the tablet when worrisome behaviors occur. Participants in the comparison group self-install the in-home technology in their homes six months after enrollment in the study.
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
- People Power Company
- National Institute on Aging (NIA)
- University of California, San Francisco
|Robert W Levenson, Ph.D.||Study Director||University of California, Berkeley|
|Clarissa Munoz, B.S.||email@example.com|
Developing and Evaluating In-Home Supportive Technology for Caregivers of People With Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment
- Chen KH, Wells JL, Otero MC, Lwi SJ, Haase CM, Levenson RW. Greater Experience of Negative Non-Target Emotions by Patients with Neurodegenerative Diseases Is Related to Lower Emotional Well-Being in Caregivers. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2017;44(5-6):245-255. doi: 10.1159/000481132. Epub 2017 Dec 8.
- Lwi SJ, Ford BQ, Casey JJ, Miller BL, Levenson RW. Poor caregiver mental health predicts mortality of patients with neurodegenerative disease. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jul 11;114(28):7319-7324. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1701597114. Epub 2017 Jun 27.
- Otero MC, Levenson RW. Lower Visual Avoidance in Dementia Patients Is Associated with Greater Psychological Distress in Caregivers. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2017;43(5-6):247-258. doi: 10.1159/000468146. Epub 2017 Apr 11.
- Brown CL, Lwi SJ, Goodkind MS, Rankin KP, Merrilees J, Miller BL, Levenson RW. Empathic Accuracy Deficits in Patients with Neurodegenerative Disease: Association with Caregiver Depression. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 Apr;26(4):484-493. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2017.10.012. Epub 2017 Dec 27.