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Engage Coaching to Promote Connectedness in Caregivers

Research Question:
Is Engage Coaching useful in improving relationships for individuals who are caring for a family member with dementia?

Basic Study Information

Adults (age 50 or older) who are providing care for someone with dementia will participate in what we call ‘Engage Coaching.’ This involves meeting with an Engage Coach up to 8 times. Typically, meetings will occur weekly, but you will have up to three months to complete your sessions. These meetings are brief (approximately 30 mins) and can be done in your home or wherever is convenient for you, including via phone if needed. The coaching is designed to help you enhance your relationships and improve well-being while managing caregiving stress. Your coach will help you identify aspects of your social relationships that are helpful to you and aspects that are not. Using this information, your coach will help you identify goals for improving your social relationships. Each session, your coach will help you complete a process we call ‘action planning,’ in which you set a goal for the week, brainstorm strategies to meet the goal, and identify concrete steps to take to achieve the goal. You will work with your coach to identify any aspects of caregiving that may present barriers to improving your relationships and develop strategies to address these barriers. Participants will also complete two follow-up interviews after completing the coaching--three months after enrolling in the study (after completing Engage Coaching) and six months after enrolling.

Location: University of Rochester
Study Web URL:
Study Reference #: STUDY00004244

Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Lead Researcher:  Kimberly Van orden

Study Contact Information

Study Coordinator: Kimberly Van Orden, PhD
Phone: (585) 275-5176

Additional Study Details

Study Details:
The first follow-up interview will be completed on the phone and/or online and will take approximately 30 minutes. The second follow-up interview will be completed in person and will take approximately two hours. There are multiple-choice and open-ended questions about your physical health, emotional health, social relationships, experiences with caregiving, and sense of well-being.

Number of Visits:  2 to 5
Parking:  Reimbursed
Transportation Coverage: 
Reimbursement:  Yes

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