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Welcome to the Caregiver TLC project. Since the COVID-19 pandemic developed across the globe including North Carolina, we have been impacted by social distance practices, limited personal interactions, remote teleworking and digital telehealth. Therefore, it is not surprising that caregivers, educators, and health professionals are turning to technology to help patients and their family caregivers to reduce their burden, stress, and depression and to preserve quality of life.

In response to these needs, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in collaboration with The Optimal Aging Center has developed the Caregiver Thrive, Learn, Connect (TLC) Program. Caregiver TLC offers FREE ONLINE support to CAREGIVERS providing care to people with memory loss, dementia or chronic health illness.

We would like to acknowledge and thank Southminster for the funding this program and their continued dedication to supporting healthy aging initiatives.

Welcome to Caregiver TLC Program


You can participate in this program at home.

Technical Support

Technical support will be available to assist you with Zoom access and usage.

Free Virtual Program

The program includes free weekly video conference sessions.

Research Background

Dr. Julian Montoro-Rodriguez, Professor of Sociology and Gerontology, UNC Charlotte, has been conducting research over the past 20 years in aging, health, human development and family studies, which led to the developing this new online program together with Dr. Gallagher-Thompson, Stanford University School of Medicine Research Professor Emerita, and former director of the Stanford Geriatric Education Center.

Roots at Stanford University

Over 25 years, Dr. Gallagher-Thompson and associates have been conducting dementia caregiving research, which is applied in the Caregiver TLC program.

Free Online Support


For caregivers supporting people with chronic conditions and disability.


Sessions led by trained facilitaors over video conferencing (Zoom).


Virtual programming focused on education and community-building.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may be eligible if you provide care to a person with a chronic illness or memory loss, and could attend six weekly 2-hour virtual sessions. You need to have Internet connection, personal email address, and a computer, tablet, or smartphone. More information at

Free Program

How do I register?

If you are interested in participating in the Caregiver TLC Program please visit us at to complete a brief survey.