Study at Texas Health Dallas Aims to Unlock Mysteries of Alzheimer's Disease|
DALLAS — Researchers at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, a research collaboration between Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center, are investigating the connection between exercise and brain function as people age.
The goal is to find better preventions and treatments for dementia and Alzheimer's disease, the most common type of dementia in the United States and around the world.
Researchers are looking for subjects who are 55 years or older who have memory concerns but are generally healthy and lead sedentary lives.
The project will study 72 patients with memory concerns and 30 healthy older adults in the same age, sex and education range. Thirty-six of those with memory concerns will be assigned randomly to a one year exercise program; the other 36 will be assigned to a control group performing flexibility and balance training.
Brain function and cardiovascular health will be assessed before and after one year. Study participants will be compensated for their time and receive a free membership to the Texas Health Dallas fitness center, along with a personalized training program designed by a licensed exercise physiologist. Those who do not want the free gym membership will be given a stipend to help pay for a membership elsewhere.
To learn more about participating in this study, contact Lauren Baikie at 214-345-4629.
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