Mantrah is a research study investigating the impact of collaborative care planning on caregiver burden, for care partners of individuals living with mild cognitive impariment (MCI) or early-to-moderate stage dementias.

Over the last five years, there has been a 16% increase in unpaid family caregiving in the United States, rising from 43.5 million people in 2015 to 53 million in 2020 (AARP, 2020). Tools supporting family care partners may help decrease the caregiving burden.

The care planning tool utilized through Mantrah is designed for use within the pair of care partners and their care recipients living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD) or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

The use of this collaborative tool aims to decrease the caregiving burden by organizing care tasks and improving overall wellbeing.

What type of commitment is involved in participating?
  • Care partners participating in this research study will be interviewed three times over the 12-week program, with each interview taking approximately 30 minutes.
    • These interviews will be scheduled at your convenience and will take place via Zoom, by telephone, or in-person.
      • Tech support will be provided as needed.
  • During these interviews, the Mantrah team will work with participants to better understand how they organize care for their loved ones by asking about specific daily or routine activities in the domains of:
    • medications
    • physical activity
    • cognitive training and activity
    • social activity and engagement
    • mindfulness and relaxation
What type of compensation is involved for participation?
  • Participating care teams (care partner and individual living with dementia) will receive $75 in gift cards for full participation in the study.
Complete this survey if you would like to participate or want more information.
For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Emily Ihara at or 703-993-2023.