Online Support and Skills Training for Dementia Caregivers
Stress related to caregiving can lead to depression, anxiety, social isolation, financial strain, and health issues. This study will test the effectiveness of GamePlan4Care (GP4C), an online education and skills training program for dementia caregivers, to reduce stress and caregiver burden and improve caregiver well-being.
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- Provides at least eight hours, on average, of weekly care or supervision for a friend or family member with symptoms or a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia
- Access to the internet at least three times per week, on average
- Lives within the Texas recruitment area in one of the following counties: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Fayette, Hamilton, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Llano, Milam, Mills, San Saba, Travis, Williamson
- Current participation in another caregiving study or evidence-based caregiver program
- Previous participation in any study designed to collect information for development of the GP4C program
Access to dementia caregiver programs may be difficult due to time constraints, transportation, or other issues. Based on the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH II) in-person program, the GP4C online program is designed to support dementia caregivers from their homes.
Participants will be randomly assigned to either the GP4C program or a similar online support program. Over a six-month period, participants will have access to online educational and caregiver skill-building materials. Each participant will be assigned to a dementia care specialist who will encourage engagement with the materials and follow up after the training with phone calls for a six-month period.
Thomas Birchfield, MS
GamePlan4Care: Web-based Delivery System for REACH II