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Mindfulness Training for African American Dementia Caregivers


This study will assess telephone-based mindfulness training for African American rural caregivers of people with moderate to severe dementia.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
18 Years N/A All Yes
November 15, 2019
December 2021

  • Self-identify as Black or African American
  • Provide at least 4 hours of care per day to the care recipient, who must have either a dementia diagnosis or an assessment score indicating moderate to severe dementia
  • Care partner who helps make decisions about care for the person with dementia (can be a relative or close friend, not a formal caregiver; doesn't have to live in the same geographic area)
  • Both the primary caregiver and care partner must have access to a telephone

  • Too unwell to participate (e.g., active diagnosis of cancer or more than three hospitalizations in the past year)
  • Participation in prior mindfulness training
  • History of serious mental illness requiring more than two psychotropic medications per day or hospitalization for a psychiatric condition
  • Current substance use disorder that causes disability or family conflict
  • Unable to identify and recruit a care partner to participate in study
  • Care recipient does not meet the criteria for dementia

This mindfulness training is being studied for its potential to decrease caregiver burden and improve coping skills. Participants will receive training delivered by telephone once weekly for 8 weeks, covering topics such as mindful communication and compassion for self and others. The intervention also includes one in-person 3.5-hour retreat for which respite care will be provided.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
UNC Program on Integrative Medicine
Chapel Hill North Carolina 27599-7200 Recruiting Chanee Lynch, MPH

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Name Role Affiliation
Susan Gaylord, PhD Principal Investigator UNC-Chapel Hill
Sharon Williams, PhD Principal Investigator UNC Chapel Hill

Name Phone Email
Chanee Lynch, MPH 919-966-8586
Keturah Faurot, PA, MPH, PhD 919-357-7235


Easing the Burden of Dementia Caregiving: A Telephone-delivered Mindfulness Intervention for Rural, African American Families