Improving Well-Being for Older Adult Family Dementia CaregiversResearch Question:
Can attending a brief small-group program designed to reduce stress and promote health
and wellness, lead to measurable improvements in immune health as well as physical
and emotional well-being in people caring for a loved one who has dementia?
Basic Study Information
Purpose:Location: Rochester, NY
The purpose of the study is to examine the effects of the Mindfulness-Based Stress
Reduction (MBSR) program and the Living Well (LW) for Dementia Caregivers program,
compared to any usual care, to see if the programs might be associated with better
immune function, physical and emotional health, and well-being.
This study is looking for individuals age 55 and up who are caring for someone (such
as a spouse, parent, close friend) who has dementia. Participation includes attending
a weekly small group meeting at Lifespan over eight weeks for one of two study programs
(determined randomly). Both programs address ways of improving physical and emotional
well-being in the context of dementia caregiving.
Study Web URL: https://research.son.rochester.edu/dementia-caregiving/
Study Reference #: STUDY0000881
Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)
Study Contact InformationStudy Coordinator: Jeff Swan
Phone: (585) 275-6835
Additional Study Details
Participation includes flexibly scheduled study visits at the U of R (free parking);
or, if you prefer, some visits can occur in your home. Most visits involve answering
questions about things such as general health, stress, and mood, as well as about
your caregiving role and what it’s been like for you. Some visits involve a blood
draw (no fasting) to measure aspects of immune system health.
Program participation and all study procedures are provided free of charge. Subjects
receive up to $200 for participation in the study.
Please know that this study has been renewed for one additional run in 2022. Enrollment
is open from early June until the end of August, 2022. After that, enrollment will
close and the study programs (MBSR and Living Well) will begin. Caregivers are still
needed for this research.
For more information, call (585) 275-6835, email us at email@example.com,
or complete the confidential “Contact This Study” section of this webpage.
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