Are you a Caregiver?

Do you provide unpaid care to someone with
Alzheimer's or a related dementia?

If so, see if Caring4Caregivers is right for you.

About the Pilot Program

56% of caregivers report that their physical and emotional health takes a back seat to the health of the care recipient.
44% say that caregiving has left them completely overwhelmed.

 

Are you an unpaid caregiver who spends at least 8 hours/week caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia? If so, you may qualify to take part in Caring4Caregivers, a nationwide study funded by the National Institutes of Health. We would like your help in testing an online program for caregivers to help them manage emotional distress and increase well-being. There is no cost to you, and you will be paid for your time. You may also find that taking part in this project is interesting and helpful to you.

Why Participate?

If you qualify, you will:

  • Get personalized tips that could improve your well-being
  • Learn more about dementia and resources to use on your caregiver journey
  • Be part of important research funded by the National Institute on Aging
  • Help us improve the program for other caregivers like you
  • Get paid for your time

What to Expect

By joining the pilot, you will:

  • Be asked to answer questions online in a brief screener to see if you are eligible. If you are eligible, you'll be asked to complete a more in-depth survey right after.
  • Receive daily text messages for one month. Don't worry, you don't need to respond.
  • Complete about five brief web-based activities over the month.
  • Complete a second survey at the end of the month to give us your feedback about text messages and activities.
  • Help us design the best program possible, so we can make it available to help other caregivers just like you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose?
The purpose of this research is to get feedback on Caring4Caregivers, a new mobile program for people who spend at least 8 hours/week caring for a family member or friend with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Your feedback will help us make improvements to the program so that caregivers will find it helpful and want to use it.

Will I have to pay to participate?
No. If you qualify and choose to participate in the pilot, you will not have to pay any money. In addition, you will receive up to $50 in Amazon.com gift cards for your time.

How long will the pilot last?
The pilot will last one month.

What if I join, but change my mind?
If you change your mind, you can drop out at any time. It's up to you whether or not you take part in this research.

I’m interested in being a part of this. What should I do?
The next step is to answer some questions to see if you might qualify. Click the “See If You Qualify” button to get started.

Who is conducting the study?
This research is being conducted by Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. The project director is a trained psychologist with many years of experience.

How do I get in touch with Pro-Change or the project team?
You can contact Dr. Kerry Evers, the project director, or Deborah Van Marter, the project manager, at 888.958.5733 or caregiver@prochange.com.

Do you need information or assistance? You may find these resources helpful:

Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving

For information, support, and resources for family caregivers: www.caregiver.org or (800) 445-8106

Caregiver Action Network

For education, peer support, and resources for family caregivers: www.caregiveraction.org or (202) 454-3970

Eldercare Locator: A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging

Connects people to services for older adults and their families: https://eldercare.acl.gov or (800) 677-1116 (M-F 9am to 8pm ET)

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The nation's largest non-profit dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide: https://afsp.org/find-support/ or  1-800-273-TALK (8255) for The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The Alzheimer's Association

Offers support and connection to resources for all those affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias: https://www.alz.org or (800) 272-3900

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