Are experiencing mild memory loss or lapses or are diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment
Have not been exercising regularly
Are in good health otherwise to participate in the study
About the Study:
The EXERT study is a national, 18-month long, clinical trial to test whether physical exercise can slow the progression of early Alzheimer’s disease related memory problems – also known as mild cognitive impairment – in older adults. The EXERT study will test whether aerobic training, or stretching/balance/range of motion exercise, can improve memory and thinking skills and other measures of brain health in people with mild memory loss or lapses.
The EXERT study will test whether aerobic training, or stretching/balance/range of motion exercise, can improve memory and thinking skills and other measures of brain health in people with mild memory loss or lapses.
What is Involved:
After completing a variety of tests in the clinic during the screening phase, eligible adults will enroll in the EXERT study and be randomly assigned to either a stretching/balance/range of motion group or to an aerobic training group.
Half of participants will participate in a stretching-balance-range of motion exercise program, while the other half will participate in a moderate/high aerobic training program. Those enrolled will exercise at participating local YMCAs, under the supervision of a personal trainer. Participants will complete their assigned exercise program four times per week for 18 months. In the first 12 months of the study, two of the four weekly sessions will be supervised by the trainer. In the final six months, participants will continue to complete their assigned exercise program at the YMCA, but without supervision.