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Improving Well-Being for Older Adult Family Dementia Caregivers

Research 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

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.

Location: Rochester, NY
Study Web URL:
Study Reference #: STUDY0000881

Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Lead Researcher:  Kathi Heffner

Study Contact Information

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

Additional Study Details

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, or complete the confidential “Contact This Study” section of this webpage.

Parking:  Free

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