Helping caregivers of people living with dementia through new technology
Publication date: 16 July 2019
More than 80% of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are cared for at home by family members, usually spouses or partners. These caregivers routinely experience high levels of stress, anxiety and depression while seeing to the needs of their loved ones. Over time, often through years of providing increasingly demanding levels of support, the stress and strains of caregiving can result in health issues for the caregiver.
The system, which is early in its development at the University of Virginia, will monitor stress levels of caregivers, and, when needed, provide a prompt – a text to a smartphone – suggesting ways to settle down, breathe-deeply, take a break, relax, to be mindful of the need for self-care, too.