A Study to Evaluate Caregiver Connections via Technology for Patients with Alzheimer's and Other Types of Dementia


About this study

The purpose of this study is to optimize profile questionnaire and matching algorithm developed in Phase I and implement in final website design, and to determine if algorithmically matched participants have statistically significant increase in match satisfaction and self-reported sense of resiliency and quality of life over randomly matched caregivers.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • The participant must have a family member that has been diagnosed with one of the following forms of dementia:
    • Parkinson’s/Lewy body dementia;
    • Any frontotemporal lobar degeneration dementia; or
    • Alzheimer’s dementia.
  • The participant must identify as a care partner or caregiver who has contact with their loved one with dementia, in person or by phone, and provides social/emotional support and full or partial assistance with daily activities at least 3 days per week.
  • The participant must have been caring for their loved one with dementia for at least 3 months. 
  • All participants must have access to a computer and be able to use the internet.
  • All participants must be English speaking.
  • All participants must agree to participate in the 15-month study, which includes completing questionnaires, brief “virtual” interactions with the study coordinator quarterly, and actively interacting with the website and potential matches.
  • All participants must agree to follow-up contact throughout the duration of the study, which is anticipated to last 3 years.

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Care Partner’s loved one does not have a confirmed diagnosis of dementia.
  • Care Partner is unable to provide consent.
  • Care Partner was or has been in that role for less than 3 months.

Note: Other protocol defined Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria may apply.

Eligibility last updated 2/15/23. Questions regarding updates should be directed to the study team contact.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Julie Fields, Ph.D., L.P.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Leah Forsberg Ph.D., M.S.

(507) 293-9577


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