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Mindfulness to Reduce Loneliness in Older Caregivers

Research Question:
Does mobile health mindfulness meditation training reduce loneliness and improve quality of social interactions?

Basic Study Information

Purpose:
The objective of this pilot study is to provide initial evidence of the role of mindfulness training in improving social disconnectedness - including social isolation and feelings of loneliness - in older caregivers for family members with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two study arms where they will use either a (1) smartphone-based MBSR app (Headspace) or (2) active control (breathing app) for 14 days. Loneliness and quality of social interactions will be assessed using end-of-day diaries at initial visit and 14-days after enrollment.

Study Reference #: 00005296

Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Lead Researcher:  Autumn Gallegos greenwich

Study Contact Information

Study Coordinator: Autumn Gallegos, PhD
Phone: (585) 275-2824
Email: autumn_gallegos@urmc.rochester.edu

Additional Study Details

Number of Visits:  2 to 5
Reimbursement:  Yes

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