Health Research

Improving Well-Being for Older Adult Family Dementia Caregivers

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Basic Study Information

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 dementia caregivers?
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 living with and caring for a family member (such as a spouse, parent, or sibling) with dementia. Participation includes attending a weekly small group meeting, along with other participating caregivers, 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. These 8-week programs run during the summer, typically beginning in August at Monroe Community Hospital.

Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Jan Moynihan, PhD

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 at least age 55 and are caring for a family member who has dementia and lives with you. Participation includes four flexibly scheduled private study visits which can be done either in your home or at the U of R. 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 also involve a blood draw to measure aspects of immune system health. Optional care support staff can be available to spend time with your loved one with dementia during the study visits. The 8-week programs typically begin in mid-August and meet weekly at Monroe Community Hospital. Optional on-site respite care provided by the Alzheimer’s Association is available for your loved one during the meetings. For participating, subjects will receive up to $200 for completion of the study. Parking validation is provided for study visits done at the U of R; parking for program meetings at Monroe Community Hospital is free. Enrollment occurs yearly around May thru Aug, but the study team is happy to discuss the details at any time. 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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