"Dementia is characterized by cognitive and behavioral impairments that impact the ability live independently and is one of the defining healthcare and economic problems of modern times. Neuropsychologists play a central role in diagnosis and management of dementia, working closely with care partners to develop strategies to help improve person centered outcomes. Increasingly, care partners turn to assistive technologies to aide in a variety of daily tasks. For example, they may use smartphone applications, smart speakers, and wearable devices, to provide automated medication reminders, facilitate socialization through video calls, and monitor activity of persons with dementia. However, to date there is inadequate understanding of the use of assistive technologies in dementia care and a lack of available measures to assess the construct of technology-enabled care giving. Furthermore, research findings on the relationship between technology use and stakeholder-relevant outcomes has been inconsistent, such that it is difficult for neuropsychologists to make clear recommendations and develop novel treatments. The current research will begin to address these gaps in the literature by accomplishing the following specific aims:
• Specific Aim 1: Develop a Technology in Caring Questionnaire.
• Specific Aim 2: Explore the association of assistive technology use with caregiver strain and quality of life.
• Specific Aim 3: Assess the relationship between assistive technology use and person-centered outcomes among individuals with dementia.
The study will include a survey of 100 caregivers to persons with dementia. Analyses will evaluate item properties to refine the Technology in Caring Questionnaire and develop a total scale indexing overall assistive technology use. Hierarchical linear regressions will then be used to examine the incremental utility of technology use in explaining person-centered outcomes among caregivers and persons with dementia"
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