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Dose Response Study of Aerobic Exercise in Older Adults

Dose Response Study of Aerobic Exercise in Older Adults

Overall Status: 
Completed
Brief Description: 

This 26-week study will assess the effects of three doses of moderate-intensity exercise in sedentary older adults who have age-related cognitive changes but no dementia. Aerobic fitness, physical function, and cognition will be assessed at baseline and 26 weeks to examine the dose-response relationships. At 52 weeks, cognition will be reassessed to examine the durability of cognitive changes.

Patient Qualifications: 
Min AgeMax AgeGender
65 Years
N/A
Both
Inclusion Criteria: 
    • Underactive or sedentary, based on the Telephone Assessment of Physical Activity
    • Community dwelling, with a caregiver willing to accompany the participant to clinic visits; caregiver must visit with the subject more than five times a week
    • Nondemented: Clinical Dementia Rating = 0
    • Adequate seeing and hearing abilities to perform all aspects of the cognitive and functional assessments
    • Stable doses of medications for at least 30 days prior to screening are allowed
Exclusion Criteria: 
    • Dementia: Clinical Dementia Rating > 0
    • Current major psychiatric disorder; significant psychiatric symptoms (e.g., hallucinations) that could impair completion of the study
    • Current clinically significant systemic illness or infection likely to result in deterioration of the participant's condition or safety during the study
    • History of clinically evident stroke; myocardial infarction or symptoms of coronary artery disease (e.g., angina) in the last 2 years; uncontrolled hypertension within the last 6 months
    • History of cancer within the last 5 years (except nonmetastatic basal or squamous cell carcinoma)
    • History of drug or alcohol abuse
    • Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
    • Significant pain or musculoskeletal disorder that would prohibit participation in an exercise program
Detailed Description: 

This study will assess the effects of three doses of moderate-intensity exercise in sedentary older adults who have age-related cognitive changes but no dementia. Participants will be randomized to a control group or groups that perform 75 minutes, 150 minutes, or 225 minutes per week of aerobic exercise, spread over 3 to 5 days a week for 26 weeks. These exercise doses represent 50 percent, 100 percent, or 150 percent of the federally recommended exercise dose.

Participants will be directly supervised during all exercise sessions for the first 2 months, after which direct supervision will occur during at least one session a week. Aerobic fitness, physical function, and cognition will be assessed at baseline and 26 weeks to examine the dose-response relationships. At 52 weeks, cognition will be reassessed to examine the durability of cognitive changes.

Locations: 
Map Marker CityStateZip CodeStatusPrimary Contact

Geolocation is 39.06, -94.61

Site
Kansas City
Kansas
66160
Name:
Phone:
Lead Sponsor: 
Agency
Jeffrey Burns, MD
Collaborator Sponsor: 
Facility Investigators: 
NameRoleAffiliation
Jeffrey Burns, MD
Principal Investigator
University of Kansas
Study Contact: 
NamePhoneEmail
Pat Laubinger
(913) 588-0685
Locations
 
 
ClinicalTrials.gov ID 
NCT01129115 (follow link to view full record on ct.gov in new window)
Official Title: 
Dose Response Study of Exercise for Age-related Cognitive Changes
Study Start Date: 
May 2010
Study End Date: 
December 2013
Enrollment: 
100