Feasibility of using physical activity monitoring for enhancing cognition in healthy seniors

The goal of this study is to examine whether digital self-monitoring of physical activity, with the goal to reach at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week over a 12-week period, can improve cognition and functional fitness comparable to an aerobic exercise program of the same duration in initially physically inactive healthy seniors.

You may be eligible for the study if:

Your  Between the ages of 55-85

What happens during the study?

During the first study visit is which is  approximately 3 hours you will complete a informed consent, general screening, breaks and psychological testing. During study visit 2 you will complete a Pre-Intervention Cognitive Assessment and Fitness Testing.  After a 12-WEEK INTERVENTION After Visit 2, the participant will be randomized to one of two study arms. The participant will have a 50% chance of being randomized into each group. The first study arm involves wearing a physical activity sensor and monitoring his or her physical activity for a duration of 12 weeks with a focus on increasing weekly physical activity (PA). The second study arm will involve wearing a physical activity sensor and monitoring his or her physical activity for a duration of 12 weeks with a focus on increasing balance and flexibility. Study visit 3 is will include a Post-Intervention Cognitive Assessment and Fitness Test.

Where is the study taking place?:

General Clinical Research Unit, Boston University Medical Campus Procedures

Meet the team:

More information for either of these studies:

Please call (617) 358-5382 or email JoinADC@bu.edu for more information and to participate.