Can exercise slow or prevent cognitive decline in older people who are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease? The EXERT Study: Building Memories Through Exercise is a national clinical trial to test whether aerobic training or other exercises can improve memory and thinking skills in people with mild memory loss.
How to qualify:
The EXERT Study is enrolling adults who:
- Are between the ages of 65-89
- Are experiencing mild memory loss or are diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment
- Have not been exercising regularly
- Are in good health
After completing a variety of tests during the screening phase, eligible adults will enroll in the EXERT Study. All trial participants will receive a free membership at a participating YMCA, where they will work closely with a personal trainer for one year. They will then exercise on their own for an additional six months. The trainers will ensure participants’ physical safety and encourage them to stick with the EXERT exercise program.
How to enroll:
There are many academic medical centers and specialty clinics across North America participating in the EXERT Study.