Help Build Dementia Caregiver Care Planning Tool
Two researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Center on Aging and School of Nursing need your help in creating a dementia caregiver care planning tool. Doctors Gaugler and Kane have written this letter (slightly edited and reformatted). Please share with others who can help. (TCV Ed.)
We invite professional caregivers (i.e., those who provide professional support, counseling, information, or similar services to families of persons with memory loss) to participate in an important study of family caregiving for persons with memory concerns.
We need your input on what types of support strategies are most appropriate for different types of family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. In the absence of a strong empirical database on what types of interventions are most effective for different types of caregivers, we have to rely on expert judgment about what types of care and support are most useful for families in various situations.
Participating in this project involves providing some background information and reading some short cases that describe persons with Alzheimer’s disease with varying caregiving needs and arrangements and suggesting what kinds of help would be most useful.
We are asking each participant to review 3 scenarios. Our pilot test experience suggests this takes about 15 minutes to complete. All of the information you provide is confidential and not shared with anyone outside of Dr. Gaugler and Dr. Kane.
This work is part of an AHRQ sponsored study (“The Dementia Caregiver Care Planning Tool: Pilot Implementation and Evaluation;” HS020948) to develop a dementia caregiving care planning tool.
Your expertise is essential to its success. We know you are very busy but hope you can find time in your schedule to help us with this project.
If you are interested, please email Joe Gaugler directly at firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (612-626-2485) and he can send you the link to the online survey.
Also, if you know of anyone who would also be a good or more appropriate choice to complete this survey, please do forward the link to this posted invitation.
If you have questions or concerns, please let Dr. Gaugler know. Thanks!
Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD is an Associate Professor and McKnight Presidential Fellow in the School of Nursing and Center on Aging at The University of Minnesota. Dr. Gaugler currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Applied Gerontology and on the editorial boards of The Gerontologist, Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences; Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and Psychology and Aging. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and American Psychological Association.
Robert L. Kane, MD
Minnesota Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging
Professor, Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Director, Center on Aging, University of Minnesota