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2013 Grants - Gallagher-Thompson
Global Caregiving: iSupport for Dementia Family Caregivers
Dolores E. Gallagher-Thompson, Ph.D.
2013 Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer's Care
Caregiving for a family member with Alzheimer's disease is a worldwide issue. The physical and emotional demands of caring for a loved one can lead to a decline in caregiver health. And, in many families, the presence of the disease may contribute to financial challenges. The needs of family caregivers far outpace the support from health systems, particularly in low and middle-income countries.
Dolores E. Gallagher-Thompson, Ph.D., and colleagues are teaming up with the World Health Organization to develop an interactive web-based caregiver support tool (iSupport) that is accessible via computer, tablet and mobile phone. The team hopes to conduct a trial with 430 users in Bangalore, India where internet penetration is high and collaboration is secured with the NIMHANS Alzheimer's research center. The researchers will compare the iSupport interactive tool to more traditional caregiver education materials.
The ultimate goal of the study will be to reduce caregiver stress measured by the Zarit Burden Scale. This tool can be immediately disseminated within India, and readily scaled to other countries, potentially affecting millions of caregivers.