Moving Up-A App - Physical Activity Smartphone App

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Moving Up-A App - Physical Activity Smartphone App

Phase 1: about 3 weeks OR Phase 2: about 9 weeks
3 sessions (in-person or online) + regular check-in calls
Study Type:
Online Studies and Surveys
Studies for People with Memory Impairment

Eligibility Requirements:

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • ≥65+ years old
  • Own and use a smartphone
  • Have difficulty with memory or thinking
  • Have a willing study partner to participate with you

About the Study:

This study will assess the feasibility and acceptability of a physical activity smartphone app called Moving Up-A, which is designed to help older adults with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia be more physically active. The app provides users support to overcome common barriers to physical activity they may experience by increasing awareness about one’s physical activity patterns and by providing tips, activity ideas, and reminders.


The purpose of this study is to determine if the Moving Up-A app is feasible to use as a physical activity support tool and acceptable to older adults who have difficulty with memory or thinking. Information from this study will be used to see how the app should be modified and improved for future research. Findings will be relevant to other efforts in developing mobile health technology for older adults who experience difficulty with memory and thinking. 

What is Involved:

Participants and study partners will take part in the following activities (either online or in-person, depending on comfort and convenience): 

  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Learn how to use the Moving Up-A app
  • Use the app for 2 weeks or 2 months (depends on study phase in which you enroll)
  • Wear an activity monitor for 2 weeks OR for two 4-day periods (participant only)
  • Respond to regular check-in calls during the study
  • Keep a journal of your experience (2 month study only)
  • Complete an interview at the end of the study to discuss your experience with Moving Up-A.