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Sab Sikder

Application-Based Psychotherapy for Dementia Caregivers

Dementia is a very difficult disease to live with as it can progressively deteriorate the cognitive function of a patient to the tragic point where, for example, friends and family become unrecognizable, and basic taskssuch as walking, eating, using the restroomrequire continuous, everyday assistance from family members. However this places a significant physical, socioeconomic, and psychological burden on the caregiverswhich has been shown to increase their risk for physical and psychiatric illnesses. They have shown to have a higher prevalence of depressive and anxiety disorders, compromised immune function along with other physical morbidity, and increased mortality. Although there are ways to remedy and improve their symptoms of anxiety and depression through psychotherapy techniques such as meditation and guided imagery, current intervention methods limit accessibility to care due to technological limitations. Therefore as a solution, I developed iPhone and Android apps that incorporate these psychotherapy techniques, and we conducted a successful 4-week clinical trial. Currently, we are working on our publication and hope to improve the apps and conduct other trials when needed.

Message to Sponsor

As a young man who comes from very humble beginnings, I have struggled all my life. However, thanks to people like you I am able to pursue my dream to become a doctor and heal others through Medicine using technology as a medium. Thank you for giving me the chance to help those in need through my Medical-Technology research. Without your contribution, this would have not been possible -- especially the paper I worked on over summer which is being published soon. It gives me great comfort knowing that empathetic, philanthropic, and honest people like you exist and represent all that is good and true. So although my words may not do justice, I hope you accept this attempt as a token of my gratitude for your altruism.
  • Major: Molecular & Cell Biology (Track: Medical Biology & Physiology)
  • Sponsor: Rose Hills Independent
  • Mentor: Felipe Jain & Diana Bautista