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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
18 Years N/A All Yes
March 10, 2020
February 2021


  • 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.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley California 94720 Recruiting Tim Nelson

University of California, Berkeley

  • People Power Company
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • University of California, San Francisco

Name Role Affiliation
Robert W Levenson, Ph.D. Study Director University of California, Berkeley

Name Phone Email
Tim Nelson 855-712-9833
Clarissa Munoz, B.S. 510-643-8952


Developing and Evaluating In-Home Supportive Technology for Caregivers of People With Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment