The PAAD Study : Physical Activity and Alzheimer's Disease

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Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are conducting research to determine if a person's genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease predicts the benefits they experience from exercise.

If you qualify to participate, you will be invited to participate in a FREE 8-month physical activity program.

The Principal Researcher is Dr. Jenny Etnier .

Media Coverage

Dr. Etnier was interviewed by on WFMY about the PAAD study. Read WFMY article .

Dr. Etnier was also interviewed by Dr. Matt Taylor of Health Talk, Rockingham County Radio, about Physical Activity and Alzheimer's Disease. Listen to interview below :


Inclusion criteria

  • Between 50-65 years of age .
  • Family history of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Currently not regularly physically active (i.e., exercising less than 30 min / day, 3 times / week over the past 3 months).
  • Intend to live in the Greensboro area for the next year.

Exclusion criteria

These will be determined through questionnaires and testing.
  • Display symptoms of cognitive impairment or depression.
  • Currently taking medications that affect thinking or that make is unsafe to exercise .
  • Unable to exercise for health reasons .
  • Uncorrected visual impairment.

Procedures

  • Telephone interview to determine if meet inclusion criteria (~20 minutes).
  • Baseline testing at UNCG campus to further determine eligibility (2-3hrs).
  • Provision of a cheek swab to be used for genetic analysis.
  • Pre-test, mid-test, and post-test - to measure fitness and thinking abilities (~2hr each).
  • Participation in a free exercise program at UNCG campus 3 days per week for 8-months.

Reimbursement

To be paid as gift cards.
  • Participants who complete baseline testing will receive $10.
  • Participants who complete pre - test, mid - test, and post - test sessions will receive $10 per session.
  • Participants who attend >=75% of exercise sessions over 8 weeks will receive $10.
  • Parking at UNCG will be paid for by PAAD.

Location

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Health and Human Performance Building.

Contact

If you are interested in participating, you may call, email , or submit the form below.
We look forward to hearing from you !

Please include :
  • Name
  • Phone number(s)
  • Email if you have one.
  • A good time for us to call you.
Phone : The PAAD hotline is 336-334-3275.
Email : PAADStudy@gmail.com

Or fill out the following form :