Photozig and Stanford University are creating a new program for Hispanic dementia caregivers
to help cope with caregiving, alleviate related stress, and enhance quality of life for
caregivers, with funding from the National Institute on Aging. The program includes a new
education online telenovela (Webnovela), online resources, handouts and a DVD (for users
without Internet) on how to deal with caregiving stress and handle difficult situations.
The goal of Webnovela program is to evaluate and develop materials for helping caregivers to
cope with caregiving, alleviate related distress, and improve their quality of life.
The investigators are evaluating different materials, which may provide caregiving
strategies, practical tips and help to enhance caregivers' skills to deal with demanding
tasks of caregiving, alleviate related stress, and improve quality of life.
Research Program Steps:
1. Caregivers will be asked some simple questions about themselves and their family
members to see if they are eligible for the project (fill out Enrollment Form and
2. A Program survey will be sent, which can be completed online, or returned in a
3. Participants will receive links to online resources, related materials and
instructions. The investigators ask participants to access the online resources, read
provided brochures and guides, and follow the instructions. Materials are expected to
help participants in their caregiver role.
4. After completing the program, the second and final survey should be filled out online
or returned by pre-mailed envelope.
- Care for an individual with Alzheimer's Disease or other dementia.
- Have Internet access or own a DVD player.
- Minimum age of 18 years old.
- Belong to Hispanic/Latino ethnic group.
- Spend at least 8 hours/week caring for a person with dementia, which may include
assisting, watching, monitoring, or being available to help (e.g. during sleep time)
- Severe psychological or physical illness.
- Inability to read and follow Spanish instructions.
- High level of depressive symptoms.
- Unwillingness to participate in all aspects of the study.