11:00 am to 12:30 pm Friday, February 19th, Zoom details will be emailed out via the listserv

Abstract: Remote family caregiving of cognitively impaired older adults has many challenges including lack of evidence-based interventions that meets the needs of both the caregiver and care receiver. Further, physical distance may lead to emotional distance including feelings of loneliness and depression in the care receiver as well as helplessness and burden in the
caregiver. To fill this gap, our team sought to develop the Interactive-Care (I-Care) platform which transforms and augments the traditional whiteboard, a compensatory cognitive rehabilitation tool for dementia care, to a digital format accessible from any device. This talk with cover the I-Care development and design process, preliminary reviews of acceptability and satisfaction, and plans for data collection.

Bio: Dr. Alyssa Weakley is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology at UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her graduate degree at Washington State University in Clinical Neuropsychology and Integrative Training in Health-Assistive Smart Environments though an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). She also
completed a Geropsychology/Geriatric Neuropsychology Clinical Internship at UCLA and a Neuropsychology Fellowship at UC Davis. Dr. Weakley’s research activities predominantly focus on the early and accurate detection and treatment of neurodegenerative disease. A major thrust of her work involves developing technology-based tools and intervention methods that
promote independence, brain health, and quality of life.