This trial has been completed.

Conditions 65 years older, requires iadl support, past year history of falls and/or hospitalization
Treatment elder tree website
Sponsor University of Wisconsin, Madison
Collaborator National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Start date June 2011
End date May 2016
Trial size 600 participants
Trial identifier NCT02128789, 2013-0171, 5P50HS019917-04, HS019917


Technology has been created to help older adults age well in their homes, but adoption and acceptance have been slow. The researchers are developing a low-cost web-based technology, called Elder Tree, for older adults and caregivers to address key challenges older adults face, such as loneliness and isolation, falls, loss of driving privileges, relapsing from proven falls prevention strategies, and unreliable home services. Elder Tree is being developed and tested with older adults and caregivers to identify, 1) usability issues such as font size, navigation and interface (audio, video,text) and 2) content and tailoring issues such as identifying local resources and events. This study will employ a randomized longitudinal design comparing a control group to an intervention group over a 12-month period. Investigators hypothesize that older adults using Elder Tree will experience greater independence and quality of life when compared to the control group. Investigators will use quantitative measures to determine how much our intervention improves: quality of life and health system use. These measures will help us to determine the cost effectiveness of Elder Tree. Investigators will recruit and test Elder Tree in 3 Regional Aging and Disability Resource Centers; one urban, one suburban and one rural setting, so to account for environmental and community differences. The older adult and their caregiver will be randomized to the same treatment group. Investigators will measure the effect over the 12 month intervention period and a 6 month follow-up period at 18 months.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking double blind (subject, caregiver, investigator)
Primary purpose supportive care
(No Intervention)
Subjects receive usual care and support. No study intervention provided
Elder Tree website. Subjects receive usual care, support and access to the study intervention website.
elder tree website
Elder Tree is a private, secure information, support and communication website developed for this study.

Primary Outcomes

Number of older adult subjects with increased independence and quality of life from baseline to 18 months
time frame: Change in independence and quality of life will be assessed at 6, 12 , 18 months

Secondary Outcomes

Number of caregiver subjects with improved satisfaction
time frame: Change in improved caregiver satisfaction will be assessed at 6, 12 , 18 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 65 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - 65 years or older - In need of IADL support - 1 years history or risk of hospitalization or falls - Resident of the following counties Milwaukee, WI, Waukesha Wi or Richland County - Must be able to read English at a 6th grade level. Exclusion Criteria: - Under 65 years of age - Unable to read English - Not a resident of the above listed counties.

Additional Information

Official title Bring Communities and Technology Together for Healthy Aging
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in October 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Wisconsin, Madison.