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Tele-Savvy Education Program for Dementia Caregivers


This study is testing an Internet-based education program for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's or another dementia.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
18 Years N/A All Yes
February 20, 2017
November 30, 2020

  • Caregiver of a person with early- to middle-stage Alzheimer's disease or another dementia
  • Provide an average of at least 4 hours a day of unpaid assistance
  • Person with dementia lives with the caregiver or in the community, with no plans for institutionalization in the next 6 months
  • Access to a computer or mobile device with Internet connection, microphone, and speakers
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

  • Involvement in another caregiver training study
  • Previous participation in Tele-Savvy or an in-person Savvy Caregiver Program
  • Vision or hearing deficits that might prevent participation

Based on an in-person education program called Savvy Caregiver, the Tele-Savvy program engages groups of six dementia family caregivers in weekly videoconferences (60 to 90 minutes) led by facilitators and daily video lessons (5 to 15 minutes) that can be watched on participants' schedules. Participants will also participate in five interviews, limited to 60 minutes each, over the course of the 12-month study to gather information on the caregiver's experience.

Participants will be randomly assigned to either the Tele-Savvy group or the Healthy Living Education Program. The Healthy Living Education group will first complete healthy lifestyle education covering exercise, diet, and nutrition through video and text materials, weekly videoconferencing, and weekly calls with a facilitator, and then complete Tele-Savvy education 6 months later. Each program takes 43 days to complete.

After 12 months, researchers will compare several outcomes, including care recipients' quality of life and caregivers' strain, coping responses, behavioral skills, and self-reported health scores.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
Emory University
Atlanta Georgia 30322 Recruiting Katie Kilgore

Emory University

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Name Role Affiliation
Kenneth Hepburn, PhD Principal Investigator Emory University

Name Phone Email
Katie Kilgore 404-712-9578


Testing Tele-Savvy, an On-line Psychoeducation Program for Dementia Family Caregivers