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Stanford Student's Research Project Aims to Help Caregivers of Loved Ones With Dementia

Young female caregiver embracacing elderly woman from behind

Caregiving is not an easy undertaking, especially for those caring for loved ones with dementia. Mersina Simanski, an undergraduate engineering student affiliated with the Stanford Biodesign program, is hoping to make that process easier for caregivers through collaborative research in medicine and technology.

Mersina's goal is to develop a mobile tool for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's Disease. She and fellow classmate Tyler Haydell are collaborating with faculty from the School of Medicine and the Palo Alto VA Hospital to gather research about the utility of caregiver resources, the major challenges of caregiving, and the activities caregivers and their loved ones enjoy most.

The research project is currently seeking caregivers willing to share their experiences with caring for a loved one with dementia. For interested participants, please contact Mersina Simanski directly at

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