Attention Care Communities in
California, Nevada, and Oregon:
In-Home Technology Study for Dementia Caregivers Available Now!

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is funding University of California Berkeley to evaluate an in-home technology system designed to reduce worry and loneliness of dementia caregivers. Caregivers in Los Angeles/Orange County and Bay Area CA, Las Vegas NV and Oregon are invited to participate today!

The technology includes sensors (no voice or video recording) and a tablet, which learn typical patterns and provide caregivers with alerts when worrisome behaviors occur. Additionally, social contact is encouraged using a trusted circle of friends and family who are encouraged to stay in contact and share photos and videos with the caregiver and person with dementia via the digital display. All technology will be professionally installed at a time convenient to the caregiver and at no cost (plus caregivers are invited to keep the technology at the end of the study!)

In addition to having the technology installed in their home, participation includes the caregivers taking 4 web-based questionnaires over the course of the 9-month study. Caregivers will be compensated for their participation.

Eligible caregivers must:

– Be the primary caregiver living with an individual diagnosed with dementia

– Be fluent/literate in English

– Own an iPhone

– Have wireless internet in their home

Share the link with your caregivers to learn if they qualify: https://bit.ly/UCBDC or request a flyer to share with your caregivers.

Caregivers can contact the UCB study coordinator at (510) 643-8952 or ucbpl@berkeley.edu with questions.

Watch the video at https://youtu.be/P-azVvbxzeM to learn more about this opportunity!


What’s Happening in the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Field?

The “Alzheimer’s research reset”

With researchers from different backgrounds emerging and more funding than ever before, it is a unique time in the AD research space. Failures of recent trials have spawned a reset in the field, encouraging unique ideas, new targets, and early interventions that address the disease before many symptoms start.

Read more about the “Alzheimer’s research reset” in the Science Magazine article.

A new global study on attitudes toward dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has published the World Alzheimer Report 2019: Attitudes to Dementia. Survey results include almost 70,000 people across 155 countries/territories and four demographic groups: people living with dementia, carers, healthcare practitioners and the general public. Key findings include:

– Almost 80% of the general public are concerned about developing dementia at some point yet 1 in 4 people think that there is nothing we can do to prevent dementia

 – Over 50% of carers globally say their health has suffered as a result of their caring responsibilities even while still expressing positive sentiments about their role

 – Almost 62% of healthcare providers worldwide think that dementia is part of normal aging

 Read more report highlights and access the full report here.

Winners announced for NIA’s dementia care coordination challenge

The National Institute on Aging awarded a total of $400,000 to three winners in their first ever Eureka competition. The Eureka competition focuses on technical innovations that have a relatively small research investment but may have a significant impact on the disease area.

Congratulations to the three winners: MapHabit, UCLA in partnership with High5LA, and North Carolina A&T State University.


World Mental Health Day is October 10th

The objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise the awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is spotlighting suicide prevention.

While more prevalent in younger people, suicide does occur in older populations. Being able to identify the signs that someone may be considering suicide and talking to them about it is important.

For information on signs someone maybe be considering suicide, click here.

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