Positive emotion building skills for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's

Researchers at University of California, San Francisco and Northwestern University (Chicago) are testing a program for adult family caregivers of people with Alzheimer's Disease.

The program is designed to increase levels of positive emotion, which in turn can help lower stress and support ways of coping with the stresses of caregiving.

The research study is title LEAF (Life Enhancing Activities for Family Caregivers) and is funded by a grant from the the National Institute on Aging (division of the National Institute on Health).

To be eligible:

  • Participants must be the primary caregiver of someone with Alzheimer's disease
  • Must be English-speaking
  • Must have access to Wi-Fi Internet as the program is conducted online - a tablet computer will be supplied for the study

Participants will receive a positive-emotions building program and will take part in an hour-long learning session once a week for six weeks to learn the skills, plus short home practice activities and online surveys. 

For more information, please access the study website at https://leafstudy.ucsf.edu/ or email LEAFstudy@northwestern.edu or call (312) 503-5247.

If you are interested in participating, you may fill out the pre-screen survey found at https://leafstudy.ucsf.edu/. If you appear to be eligible, the study coordinators will contact you as soon as possible.

Thank you for helping to advance the science of caregiving and helping to form a program for future caregivers!

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