New Research Studies Looking for Caregivers

Exploring the Use of Weighted Blankets as a Non-Pharmacologic Intervention for Home Dwelling Older Adults with Dementia

We are delighted to support Melissa Harris, a PhD student at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, in a new research study. Ms. Harris is seeking participants living with dementia, that live together with their family caregiver in the home setting, to complete a research study about the use of weighted blankets.

Research shows that the use of weighted blankets can reduce anxiety and stress in older adults, however there isn’t research specifically targeting older adults with dementia. Ms. Harris hopes to explore the use of weighted blankets in older adults living with dementia to see if they may be helpful in increasing the user’s relaxation and decrease stress, which might in turn help reduce some of the challenging symptoms of dementia individuals experience. For more information, please follow the link below to see the full study overview flyer, or contact Melissa Harris at or 405-513-1271. 

WeCareAdvisor: A Web-Based Tool to Improve Quality of Life for Military Veterans with Dementia and their Caregivers

This study is seeking caregivers to test the WeCareAdvisor, a web-based tool that aims to help users learn more about and manage behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia like wandering, repeated questioning, anger, depression or apathy. This study is looking for participants who have access to a computer or mobile device with internet and are also the primary in-home caregivers for a military Veteran who is living with dementia. This study does not require any in-person visits; it will be completely virtual. Contact Barbara Stanislawski at or 734-232-0323.