“It’s Like a Cyber-Security Blanket”: The Utility of Remote Activity Monitoring in Family Dementia Care

Lauren L. Mitchell, Colleen M. Peterson, Shaina R. Rud, Eric Jutkowitz, Andrielle Sarkinen, Sierra Trost, Carolyn M. Porta, Jessica M. Finlay, Joseph E. Gaugler

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Technologies have emerged that aim to help older persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRDs) remain at home while also supporting their caregiving family members. However, the usefulness of these innovations, particularly in home-based care contexts, remains underexplored. The current study evaluated the acceptability and utility of an in-home remote activity monitoring (RAM) system for 30 family caregivers of persons with ADRD via quantitative survey data collected over a 6-month period and qualitative survey and interview data collected for up to 18 months. A parallel convergent mixed methods design was employed. The integrated qualitative and quantitative data suggested that RAM technology offered ongoing monitoring and provided caregivers with a sense of security. Considerable customization was needed so that RAM was most appropriate for persons with ADRD. The findings have important clinical implications when considering how RAM can supplement, or potentially substitute for, ADRD family care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-98
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • caregiving
  • dementia
  • remote activity monitoring
  • smart home
  • technology

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

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