Living life and doing things together: the DemPower App study
What are the main aims of the study?
Dementia can put a strain on relationships, and some couples might need some support in their day-to-day lives. To help address this issue, this study is developing and trialling the DemPower App, which provides tips for relationship management, staying active and adapting the home.
What does it involve for a participant?
Those who take part will be provided with a tablet computer, and offered support and guidance on how to use the device and the DemPower app, which contains short videos, pictures and advice.
Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire before and after using the App, in order to establish whether the app is helpful and how much support is needed to use it. Each section of the App takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, and the aim is for two sections to be worked through each week.
The study is recruiting until the end of January 2018. It will take up to 12 weeks to complete all the sections of the DemPower app.
What do you hope the outcomes of the study will be?
We hope the trial will help couples to manage their relationship and support both partners to stay active and manage everyday tasks.
Who can take part? (eligibility criteria)
Researchers are looking for couples who have been in long term relationship for two years or more, live at home, and in which one of the partners has a diagnosis of dementia. Also, both partners must understand and speak English.
Where is the study based?
The research is being conducted at Manchester University by Dr Reena Lasrado, Research Associate.
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