NAWRB Magazine Volume 11, Issue 1 Collaboration Breathes Success

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Aging Population

NeuViCare™ from Amicus Brain Innovations for Dementia Care Reduce Complexity. Improve Quality of Life. Save Time.

Are you a care partner for a person living with dementia interested in participating in research to improve caregiver experience and wellbeing? Amicus Brain Innovations ( is making their NeuViCare™ technology available to eligible caregivers, free of charge for three months as part of a research study that is underway with the School of Nursing and Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Healthcare consumption and dementia care costs are driven up by caregiver burden that is entwined with the challenging behaviors caregivers face from people living with dementia (PLWD). Caregiver burden is the multifaceted load experienced by caregivers that is related to the emotional, physical, social, and financial strain of caregiving. Caregiver burden is a prelude to multiple adverse outcomes for both caregivers and care recipients: caregivers who experience high burden report worse mental health and quality of life, provide lower quality of care, and are more likely to disengage from care. Studies have shown that increasing mastery and caregiving competence can inversely affect caregiver burden, anxiety, and depression. Studies have also shown that mastery and competence can be improved by education. Given the many barriers to accessing education that caregivers badly need while handling tough situations, we remove this barrier



by providing AI-powered based education that is delivered by an AI-application called NeuViCare™ developed by Amicus Brain. This will also allow us to understand the impact of education on improving caregivers’ mastery and competence in managing common challenging behaviors in dementia, along with caregiver burden, anxiety, and depression. Amicus Brain’s CEO, Chitra Dorai started the company in 2018, after her mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. As her mother’s condition became worse, Chitra realized just how heavy a burden caregiving can be on family members. As she encountered challenges one after another as a caregiver, the stress, the burden and the burnout really hit home. She is not alone. She is one of more than 11

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