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Brain Training to Promote Health in Family Dementia Caregivers

Research Question:
Can certain brain training activities promote cognitive, emotional, and physical health in dementia caregivers age 55-85?

Basic Study Information

The purpose of the study is to determine whether two types of in-home “brain-training” programs may have beneficial health effects, including reduced stress and improved immune health, for individuals caring for a loved one (spouse, parent, friend, etc) who has dementia. Participation involves completing one of our brain training programs with the use of a computer at home a few times a week (when convenient for you), over eight weeks. Experience or skill with computers is not necessary. If you do not own a computer, one may be provided for you to use during the program period.

Location: University of Rochester
Study Web URL:
Study Reference #: STUDY0001991

Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Lead Researcher:  Kathi Heffner

Study Contact Information

Study Coordinator: Jeff Swan
Phone: (585) 275-6835

Additional Study Details

Study Details:
In addition to the 8-week program done at home, procedures include flexibly scheduled study visits (parking validation is provided). Study visits occur before and after your brain training program, and include questions about your general health and well-being, and what caregiving has been like for you. Visits may also include measures of cognitive health, heart activity (EKG), and a blood draw. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, new safety precautions include pre-visit symptom screening, social distancing, and use of PPE such as masks. For participating, subjects will receive up to $400 for completion of the study. For more information, please call (585) 275-6835, email us at, or complete the “Contact This Study” section of this webpage.

Parking:  Free

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