Healthy Lifestyle Study for Dementia Caregivers
Do you provide unpaid care to someone with dementia for at least 15 hours per week (at home or during visits to an assisted-living facility or nursing home)? Are you age 60 or older? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to learn new ways of engaging in a healthy lifestyle. This study involves 9 visits that can be done by phone or online. Compensation is provided.
Caregivers play a vital support role for people with dementia, but the stress of caregiving can lead to an increased risk of depression. The purpose of this research study is to evaluate a novel approach to potentially improve the wellbeing of caregivers. Researchers hope their findings lead to better ways to help older adults who act as caregivers in the future.
AGE: 60 and up
VISITS: 9 sessions
DURATION: 9 weeks
Online and/or by phone
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
• Ages 60 and up
• Currently provide unpaid care to someone with dementia for at least 15 hours per week (includes care provided at home or care provided when visiting an assisted-living facility or nursing home)
Up to $60
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Participation involves nine 40-minute sessions (about one per week) over up to nine weeks. All sessions are done by phone or online by videoconference. Participants will be asked to use a daily diary to monitor their sleep behaviors, share their information with a support coach, and learn new ways of engaging in a healthy lifestyle.
IRB: STUDY19090068: Behavioral activation in the morning (BAM) for dementia caregivers (dCGs)
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Stephen Smagula, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of Lafayette College, Columbia University, and the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Smagula’s research interests include clarifying how sleep-wake behaviors influence the biological mechanisms of depression. He uses activity tracking to better understand the sleep-wake patterns relevant to mood.