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In-Home Technology for Dementia Caregivers


This study aims to develop and evaluate in-home assistive technology that is designed to alleviate anxiety, burden, and loneliness in family caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
18 Years N/A All Yes
February 26, 2019
February 2021


  • Fluent/literate in English
  • Reside with spouse/family member with dementia
  • Primarily use an iPhone
  • Have wireless Internet at home

Individuals with Dementia

  • Conditions other than neurodegenerative disorder affecting behavior and cognition
  • Longstanding Axis I psychiatric disorder
  • Metabolic disorder or major organ dysfunction
  • Alcohol abuse or dependence (within 5 years of dementia onset)
  • Head trauma with loss of consciousness greater than 30 minutes
  • Inability to undergo magnetic resonance imaging, such as metal implants or claustrophobia
  • Large confluent white matter lesions
  • Significant systemic medical illness
  • Use of a medication likely to adversely affect central nervous system functions

In this study researchers will install a hardware/software system in caregivers' homes that includes in-home sensors and devices and social networking features. Caregivers will be randomly assigned to the full intervention or a limited safety comparison for 9 months.

In the full intervention, intelligent bots will monitor the in-home sensors, learn typical patterns, and provide caregivers with text messages and alerts when worrisome behaviors occur. The social networking component will allow friends and family to stay in contact and share photos and videos with the caregiver and person with dementia via a digital display. Participants in the comparison group will have limited monitoring and alerts for a water leak sensor.

Interested individuals who live in the study areas may complete this screening questionnaire to determine eligibility for participation.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley California 94720 Recruiting Scott L Newton, B.A.
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles California 90011 Recruiting Clarissa Munoz, B.S.
Orange County
Orange California 92856 Recruiting Clarissa Munoz, B.S.
Clark County
Las Vegas Nevada 89108 Recruiting Clarissa Munoz, B.A.
Bend Oregon 97701 Recruiting Clarissa Munoz, B.S.

University of California, Berkeley

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

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

Name Phone Email
Robert W Levenson, Ph.D. 510-643-8952
Scott L Newton, B.A. 510-643-8952


Developing and Evaluating In-Home Supportive Technology for Dementia Caregivers