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Friendsourcing Ireland

Friendsourcing Ireland

Thanks to funding under the Dormant Accounts – Carers Measure, a new international collaborative project has begun that will seek to improve the wellbeing of a cohort of dementia family carers through online ‘friendsourcing’. In collaboration with Indiana University and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, we look forward to leading this exciting new project.

Speaking about the project, Dr David Wilkerson, Indiana University School of Social Work said:

“Social media increasingly transforms the ways in which dementia caregivers obtain information and support. Friendsourcing Peer Support is an eHealth intervention. It uses a web app to join dementia caregivers’ social networks in a support group. Research found this intervention to be feasible and acceptable to dementia caregivers who are familiar with social media. In addition, caregivers experienced several improvements that enhanced their caregiving. We are excited about the opportunity to replicate this intervention with a group of dementia family carers in Ireland.”

Recruitment for the first phase of this project is expected to begin in August 2019. For further information email

Read June 11th 2019 Press Release here

Those interested in keeping up to date with this project can subscribe to the project newsletter here

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