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Positive Emotion Skills Training for Family Caregivers


This study will test the effectiveness of an online caregiver support program, called LEAF (Life Enhancing Activities for Family Caregivers). The program is designed to increase well-being in Alzheimer's disease caregivers through the development of positive emotion skills.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
18 Years N/A All Yes
June 18, 2020
March 31, 2023

  • Primary caregiver of a family member with Alzheimer's Disease 
  • Speaks and reads English
  • Access to high-speed internet connection at home or a another location which allows them to speak privately with a facilitator

Practices that support positive emotions, such as joy and gratitude, can improve the ability to cope with stressful events. This, in turn, can improve psychological and physical well-being. In this study, dementia caregivers will participate in an online caregiver support program, called LEAF (Life Enhancing Activities for Family Caregivers), designed to teach caregivers positive emotion skills to improve their well-being.

The online program will be delivered to dementia caregivers in two ways, over five weeks. One group will be led by a trained facilitator and another group will complete the training activities independently. All participants will track and report their emotions daily. An evaluation of the two online program methods will be compared to emotions reported by participants placed on a waitlist for the study.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
Northwestern University
Chicago Illinois 60611 Recruiting

Northwestern University

  • University of California, San Francisco

Name Phone Email
Amanda Summers, MA 312-503-5247
Kari Snowberg, MA


Randomized Trial of a Technology-based Positive Emotion Intervention for Informal Caregivers of Individuals With Alzheimer's Disease