The Impact of Emotions on Social Distancing among spousal caregivers for Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Participants sought for study examining The Impact of Emotions on Social Distancing among spousal caregivers for Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The purpose of this research is to understand the factors (e.g., feeling lonely) that influence compliance with social distancing recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you agree to take part in this study, you will be asked to complete an initial online screening survey. Eligible individuals will be asked to complete:
- A 45-min online training session
- Mobile assessment at 3-time periods (each period will be one week, one month apart); for this mobile portion of the study, you will answer brief surveys 7 times (each will take 5-10min) throughout the day. These surveys will be sent to your phone
- Online questionnaires at the beginning and end of each week (will take approximately 1hr to 1hr 30 min). Also, only in Time 1, you will complete 15-min online surveys every day for a week.
- You will wear a provided smartwatch to monitor your sleep, heart rates, physical activity and location during each week of mobile assessment.
To be eligible, you must
- be the principal person taking care of the spouse with a physician-based diagnosis of dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease
- devote at least 4 hours daily to the care of the spouse for at least the last 3 months
- be married or self-defined as long term committed partners for at least 3 years
- have a personal smartphone with internet access to complete the surveys
- have access to a personal computer or laptop with internet access
- be fluent in English
- Participants should not have acute or uncontrolled medical illness (e.g., major surgery, autoimmune disorders).
Participants will be compensated up to $255 for completion of the three visits (Amazon gift card or PayPal). If you are interested, follow this link to complete the online eligibility survey https://tinyurl.com/ProjectCARE-screener
The principal investigator of this study is Dr. Christopher Fagundes in the BMED Lab at Rice University. To get more information, please contact us at careduringCOVID@rice.edu or 832-819-4297.