Life Enhancing Activities for Family Caregivers (LEAF) (SP0044459; NCT03610698)
Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of California San Francisco are testing a program for family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease. Six positive emotion based skill-building sessions are delivered either one-on-one via Zoom video-conferencing with one of our facilitators or via a self-guided platform online. Participants will be supplied with tablet computers, so caregivers can take part from anywhere in the USA. The study consists of one hour long session per week for six weeks to learn the skills, nightly home practice, and online surveys. To be eligible, you must be the primary caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s Disease, and you must have consistent access to a reliable Wi-Fi connection for your weekly sessions.
We know that caregiving for your loved one can be stressful, especially in these uncertain times. By sharing these skills, we are not saying that positive emotion will magically make everything better or easier. Instead, the program is based on the fact that even in the midst of challenging and stressful circumstances, positive emotion can occur, and there are things you can do to notice, create, and savor the good things to increase your own experience of positive emotion.