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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 #: 58472

Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Lead Researcher: Kathi Heffner

Study Contact Information

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

Additional Study Details

Study Details:
You may be eligible for this study if you are age 55-85, and are the primary caregiver for a loved one (spouse, parent, friend, etc), who has dementia of any type or stage of progression. In addition to the 8-week program done at home, procedures include flexibly scheduled study visits which can occur at your choice of home or at the U of R, travel is not required. 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. For participating, subjects will receive up to $400 for completion of the study. Parking validation is provided for study visits done at the U of R. 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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