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Texas A&M: Study Aimed at Reducing Caregiver Burden Using Remote Monitoring Technology is Funded

Dr. Marcia Ory, founding director of the Center for Population Health, has received a $439,999 grant on “Assessing the utility and effectiveness of monitoring technology for reducing caregiver burden for Alzheimer’s Disease” in collaboration with the University of North Texas Health Science Center and the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. Focused on how technology can ease the burdens of caregiving, this pilot study is funded by the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (Council) through the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium (TARCC). The project goal is to prepare family caregivers to respond effectively in situations where their loved ones are at safety risks due to wandering, a behavioral symptom commonly found in persons with dementia.

This two-phase study will examine the utility and usefulness of a wearable device for care recipients, which connects to their caregivers via a smartphone app to track activity, location and provide communication between the caregiver and care recipient as needed. After the conclusion of the first pilot phase, investigators are proposing a larger randomized controlled trial to test the impact of this innovative, interactive device on functional and quality of life outcomes.

The study is timely, as technology will be instrumental in supporting the rapidly increasing caregiving requirements of an aging population and the impending care gap of professional and family caregivers.