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October 9, 2020

Werner improving app for Alzheimer’s caregivers with new grant

Written By: Tom Ziemer

Nicole Werner
Nicole Werner

Nicole Werner, the Harvey D. Spangler Assistant Professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will use a grant from the National Institute on Aging to further develop an app to support family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

Werner’s lab has already created CareVirtue, a web and mobile app designed to assist family caregivers and paid care providers. Now, working in partnership with the company Whiplash Technology, they’ll validate the app’s usefulness and harness the data collected through it to build predictive models to create an intelligent caregiver assistant app. Assistant Professor Justin Boutilier is a collaborator on the project.

The group believes such an app could reduce caregiver stress and healthcare expenses, while improving quality of care.