Seed Award project aims to help keep older adults independent ‘as long as possible’

An older woman waves at a cellphone screen with a pill bottle on the table in front of her.

Alyssa Weakley, a neuropsychologist at UC Davis Health and 2022 CITRIS Seed Award recipient, is acutely aware of the difficulty of long-distance caregiving.

When her grandmother, living independently hundreds of miles away, started showing signs of cognitive decline in 2018, Weakley found herself feeling worried and guilty, wanting to help more than was really feasible. The struggle inspired her to develop technological solutions to some of the challenges she and her family experienced.

Weakley and her co-investigators, including UC Merced’s Shijia Pan and UC Davis’s Hao-Chuan Wang, have been working on new features for Interactive Care, or I-Care, a platform to make long-distance caregiving for older adults easier.

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