Black Male Caregiver Dementia Project

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    HHS/NIH/National Institute on Aging
Updated on 19 January 2023
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This study seeks to examine the impact of dementia caregiver burden (CB) on cognitive function and physiological health of adult Black American males. Our study is recruiting both non-caregivers and caregivers of loved ones with dementia. This project is restricted to those who reside in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Metropolitan Area (DMV). The study can be completed over Zoom in 1.5-3 hours total with compensation up to $125.


A cohort of Black American male primary caregivers (30+ years of age) of a spouse, close relative, or close family friend, with dementia will be prospectively studied and compared against a socio-demographically matched control group of Black American males from the general population on an array of functional and psychosocial measures. Subjects participating in the study will undergo: 1. Questionnaires and interviews about their medical and mental health history 2. Neurocognitive testing battery 3. Salivary cortisol collection The majority of the questionnaires below will be administered on an electronic device (iPad, computer, or smartphone). All participants will be mailed or delivered salivary cortisol kits. Salivary cortisol will be collected at home on awakening (cortisol am), 30 minutes after, and prior to sleep (cortisol pm) on two consecutive weekdays. Participants will collect saliva samples, store them in a refrigerator, and will return them to a member of the research team on the day of their appointment

Condition Dementia, Caregiver, Black American, District of Columbia Resident, Virginia Resident, Maryland Resident
Clinical Study IdentifierTX310264
SponsorHHS/NIH/National Institute on Aging
Last Modified on19 January 2023


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Inclusion Criteria

Black American Males
aged 30+
Agreeing to the study protocol
Able to speak, read, and write in English
Live in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Metropolitan Area (DMV)
Specifically for caregivers: Living with a close family member (spouse, sibling, or parents), close friend, or other person with dementia or providing more than 10 hours per week of care, PWD diagnosed with progressive dementia

Exclusion Criteria

Under 30, Women
Non-Black men
Paid professional caregiver
Significant medical or neurological disease, such as major organ failure, insulin-dependent diabetes, alcoholism, or sleep disorder (e.g. sleep apnea), as determined by medical history records and interview
Use of certain medications known to affect central nervous system (CNS) function or impact physiologic measures being collected for the intervention study (e.g. steroids or neuroleptics)
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