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Cognitive Training for Older Caregivers

Start: September 2016
End: December 2022
Enrollment: 240

What Is This Study About?

This study will test whether certain computer-based training activities can promote cognitive, emotional, and physical health in older adult caregivers of a loved one with dementia. Participants will take part in either computer-based cognitive training or online video education for one year. Researchers will measure changes in attention and speed of processing, heart rate, emotional regulation and well-being, and immune system aging.

Do I Qualify To Participate in This Study?

Minimum Age: 60 Years

Maximum Age: 80 Years

Must have:

  • English-speaking
  • Unpaid primary caregiver living with, or living close to, a loved one with dementia
  • Experiencing moderate to high levels of perceived stress and caregiver burden, as measured by the Perceived Stress Scale (greater than 11) and Modified Caregiver Strain Index (score greater than 5)

Must NOT have:

  • Cognitive impairment or dementia (Montreal Cognitive Assessment score of less than 24)
  • Current major depression (diagnosis of major depression and/or Geriatric Depression Scale score greater than 10)
  • Major surgery within past two months
  • History of events that cause neurological injury (e.g., stroke, mini-stroke, traumatic brain injury, or head injury with loss of consciousness)
  • Serious psychiatric or alcohol/substance use disorders, including current alcohol dependence, psychoactive substance use dependence, psychotic disorders or features, and bipolar disorder
  • Autoimmune disorder (e.g., Crohn's disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Active neoplastic disease or receiving immunosuppressive therapy for cancer (or chemotherapy or radiation in past six months) or other diseases (in past three months)
  • Significant immunodeficiency disorder (e.g., alymphocytosis, hepatitis B or C, HIV)
  • Serious heart disease (e.g., congestive heart failure, pacemaker) or heart attack in past six months
  • Physical condition that would interfere with cognitive training (e.g., inability to use a computer mouse, inadequate visual acuity)

If I Qualify, Who Do I Contact?

Contact study personnel listed either under the general study contact or the location nearest you.

 
Study Contact
Jeff Swan, MA

Need Help?

Contact NIA’s Alzheimer’s and related Dementias Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center at 800-438-4380 or email ADEAR.

Where Is This Study Located?

Who Sponsors This Study?

Lead: University of Rochester

Collaborator Sponsor

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Source: ClinicalTrials.gov ID: NCT03036423