The Alzheimer’s Association is seeking unpaid caregivers of people living with Alzheimer's, dementia and other chronic diseases to help evaluate its new program, Managing Money: A Caregiver’s Guide to Finances.

Participation in this project will help determine if the program helps caregivers increase their financial knowledge and confidence in making financial decisions and creating a financial plan.

Caregivers who complete all five surveys will receive a $125.00 gift card at the end of the program evaluation.


Description of the program 

Managing Money is a 60-minute interactive online educational program using the Zoom video conferencing software. A trained educator delivers the program live to an audience of caregivers.

During the program, caregivers will hear tips and strategies to help them better prepare for the costs of caregiving. The audience will also see video clips of real-life caregivers sharing their experiences in managing finances for the person they are caring for.

In addition, the audience will participate in activities to help them begin developing a legal and financial plan.

Topics covered in the program

During the program, caregivers will learn:
  • What are the costs of caregiving.
  • How Alzheimer’s affects finances.
  • The benefits of early planning.
  • How to have conversations about finances.
  • How to avoid financial abuse and fraud.
  • How to identify your financial and legal needs.
  • How to create a backup plan.

Who should participate in the evaluation?

This pilot program is suitable for unpaid caregivers who:
  • Care for an individual living with Alzheimer’s disease, other dementia, or other chronic disease.
  • Manage or plan to manage the finances of the person they are caring for.
  • Have concerns about their own financial well-being.
To participate, unpaid caregivers must be at least 18 years of age. You must have the ability to receive emails, and a device that has reliable internet access, such as a laptop or tablet. 

What is involved in the evaluation?

The evaluation consists of the online educational program along with five brief online surveys over the course of around three months. The surveys will measure your knowledge on the topic of money management. All data collected will be kept confidential.

Caregivers who register to participate in the program evaluation will be randomly assigned to attend the program in either summer 2021 or in late fall 2021. Participants will have a choice of dates to attend.

Time commitment

Caregivers participating in the program evaluation can expect to dedicate a total of two and a half hours to the project over the course of 90 days beginning in July or August 2021. This includes 60 minutes for the educational program, and about 20 minutes for each of the five online surveys.

Participants will be randomly assigned to either group one, which will attend the online education program on their choice of July 15, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. ET or Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. ET, or group two, which will have the option to attend the program in late fall.


Caregivers who complete all five surveys will receive a $125.00 gift card at the end of the program evaluation. Gift cards are made possible from a grant from the Administration for Community Living. 

How to participate

If you meet the requirements outlined above, please complete and submit the registration form

You will receive a confirmation email with a link to the Consent to Participate and first survey. You must agree to the Consent to Participate in order to complete the first survey.  

Enrollment in the pilot program is limited. We will close registration when our maximum capacity is reached. 



Please contact Kerry Lanigan at or 312.335.4039 if you have any questions.
This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PPFL0001-01-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.