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HealthConnections: My Caregiver is a Social Robot

Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing speaks with Dr. Joel Anderson, a nationally-known gerontology researcher currently focusing on support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other dementias.

One in nine Americans (11%) age 65 years or older has AD, which tends to develop slowly with worsening across the years.  On average, people with AD live between 3- and 11-years post-diagnosis.

80% of people with AD receive care in their home and commonly care is provided by family and friends.  These caregivers are primarily female (2 in 3); 34% are age 65 years or older; 25% of the caregivers are part of the sandwich generation, caring for younger and older people simultaneously. 

The average duration of caregiving for someone with AD is four years. 

Chrissy served as WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue from late 2021 to early 2023. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She had previously been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally filled in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.