Multi-ethnic senior men (60s) at health club, standing in front of treadmills.

Eligibility Requirements

Do you have mild memory loss or lapses? Have you been physically inactive during the last 2 years?

You may be qualified to participate in a clinical trial that will study a lifestyle modification as a possible treatment for mild memory loss. The EXERT Study is a trial to examine the effects of ‘low intensity’ stretching/balance/range of motion exercise versus ‘higher intensity’ aerobic exercise on cognitive function, and on biological markers of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults with mild memory loss.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

We are looking for people who:

  • Are experiencing mild memory loss or lapses
  • Are between the ages of 65 and 89 years old
  • Are willing to be assigned to either exercise group, and to complete the assigned exercise program for the duration of the 18-month study
  • Are willing and able to travel to the designated YMCA four times per week for the duration of the study
  • Are willing and able to travel to a participating clinic for physical exams, blood collection, cognitive testing, and brain imaging
  • Speak English fluently
  • Are in overall good general health with no planned surgeries over the next 18 months that could interfere with study participation
  • Are not taking insulin to treat type 2 Diabetes
  • Are not currently exercising
  • Have a close friend or family member with whom the participant has regular weekly contact, who can serve as a study partner and accompany the participant to many clinic visits

In the News

Check out news articles of interest related to the EXERT Study, exercise, and to Alzheimer’s disease.