Health Research

Brain Training to Promote Health in Family Dementia Caregivers

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Basic Study Information

Can certain brain training activities promote cognitive, emotional, and physical health in dementia caregivers age 55-85?
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 family member with dementia. Participation involves completing one of our brain training programs by using a computer at home for 30 minutes, three or more 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.
University of Rochester

Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Kathi Heffner

Study Contact Information

Jeff Swan
(585) 275-6835

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Additional Study Information

You may be eligible for this study if you are age 55-85, and are the primary caregiver for a family member (spouse, parent, sibling, etc), who has dementia and lives with you. In addition to the 8-week program done at home, procedures include up to six flexibly scheduled study visits across roughly 14 months. These visits can occur at your home or at the U of R (your choice), and may involve answering questions about your health and what caring for your family member has been like for you. Our staff will also evaluate your cognitive health, obtain a blood draw, and measure your heart activity. 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.
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