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THE STANFORD ALZHEIMER DISEASE RESEARCH CENTER IS USING MOBILE TECHNOLOGY TO ASSIST CAREGIVERS OF DEMENTIA TO LIVE HEALTHY AND HAPPY LIVES DESPITE THE STRESS OF CAREGIVING

BACKGROUND

  • In 2014, more than 15 million Americans provided more than 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s. (Alzheimer’s Association)

  • Half (53%) of caregivers who said their health had gotten worse due to caregiving also said the decline in their health has affected their ability to provide care (NAC, 2006).

  • Caregivers report having difficulty finding time for one’s self (35%), managing emotional and physical stress (29%), and balancing work and family responsibilities (29%) (NAC, 2004).

THE PROJECT

Students working on this project will design and develop an app that will be paired with a stress reduction workshop aimed  towards caregivers of individuals with dementia.  The app would track daily perceived stress before and after care giving through a graphic interface.  The app would gather the subjective rating of quality and quantity of sleep daily.  It would also send reminders, and allow for alarms to be set by the participant to remind them of tasks.  The app would also have the capability of launching a short instructional video and three separate 5-10 min audio clips.  

TECHNICAL NEEDS

We are looking for students with experience and interest in the following:

  • iOS and Android app development

  • HIPPA-Compliant mobile application development

  • UI/UX design 

  • Human-computer interaction

  • Data management/analysis