Indiana Researchers Hope to Make Exisiting Social App Effective to Support Alzheimer's Caregivers
Story by Charles Moore, Alzheimer's News Today
"More than 15 million unpaid caregivers around the world are estimated to provide daily care to people living with Alzheimer’s disease, usually without much outside support and often at risk to their own health and wellbeing.
A collaborative research team at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) co-led by Assistant Professor David Wilkerson at the Indiana University School of Social Work, was awarded an innovation grant by the Regenstrief Institute, a 501(c)(3) informatics and healthcare research organization established by philanthropist Sam Regenstrief on the IUPUI campus in 1969.
The grant is to fund research into technology innovations for mediating support and self-management of caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The study will focus on whether a social “microvolunteering” app developed by Facebook can be effective in providing the supporting that many Alzheimer’s caregivers currently lack. The research team hopes to have an answer to that question by early fall..."
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