Free dementia care technology research program for 'Presence Caregiver'

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Presence Caregiver learns daily activity patterns and can warn caregivers, family members and friends about incidents of concern with text alerts of potential hazards including falls, water leaks and wandering.

The system is designed to work without making significant demands on a caregivers' time and energy, and doesn't use video cameras to preserve privacy.

Funded by the National Institute on Aging, the 1-year research project is seeking 400 caregivers for persons with dementia or mild cognitive impairment. Participants will receive the Presence Caregiver system, which consists of devices and sensors that connect with a smartphone app. Help with installation will be provided as needed.

To participate, you must be a spousal or family caregiver living with a person who has received a diagnosis of dementia or mild cognitive impairment and be fluent and literate in English. You will need a smartphone – Apple or Android – and wireless internet connectivity in your home. As a research participant, you will complete a set of questionnaires at the start of the study and again every three months. In order to evaluate how helpful Presence Caregiver is, some participants will be randomly selected to receive the system immediately and others will receive it six months later.

All participants will be provided with the Presence Caregiver Research Pack at no cost and will receive a payment of $25 each time they complete a questionnaire.
This Small Business Innovation Research Project has been wholly funded by National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health under award number R44AG059458.

To find out if you are eligible to participate, or for more information, go to: https://research.presencefamily.com