Support via Technology: Living and Learning with Advancing Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

What is Tele-STELLA?


The Wharton Lab is working in partnership with Dr. Allison Lindauer at Oregon Health & Science University on the Tele-STELLA study which uses technology to support care partners for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Tele-STELLA addresses the difficult emotions and behaviors that come with dementia for both persons living with dementia and their caregivers. 

This is a unique study because it provides all sessions through internet videoconferencing. Each session will be guided by trained research staff at the Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Through these sessions, care partners will learn skills and effective methods to understand and address the changes and challenges caused by dementia. Care partners will also get to meet others who have similar experiences. 

You can also take a look at our flyer here.


Who is being studied?

To be eligible for this study, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You care for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or a similar dementia.

  • Your family member has 2 or more bothersome behaviors. For example, asking the same question over and over, pacing or refusing help with personal care.

  • You provide care, such as personal care and/or supervision, for 4 or more hours per week.


How can I get involved?

See if you are eligible to take part in this study by filling out the short survey linked below. If you are eligible to participate, a team member from the Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University will reach out to you.

For more information, please contact the study coordinator:

 Winnie Jacobs