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B-Fit Intervention to Improve Brain Health


The purpose of this study is to evaluate a brain fitness intervention for improving cognitive health in middle-aged and older adults.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
40 Years N/A All Yes
February 15, 2018
December 30, 2022

  • None given

  • Meet criteria for dementia
  • Vision, hearing, communication, or other difficulties that would interfere with completing assessments or participating in study
  • Unable to read and understand English

The B-Fit intervention combines group education about brain health with goal setting and problem solving. Participants will meet weekly for 7 weeks in small groups for 2-hour educational sessions led by a study clinician. Sessions will focus on an overview of the brain, cognitive aging, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia; cognitive engagement; exercise and cardiovascular risk factors; nutrition; social engagement; sleep and stress reduction; and compensatory strategy use. A comparison group will participate in educational sessions and discussion only, and another group will not receive the intervention initially, but will be offered it later.

Researchers will compare changes in behavior among the groups over 1 year. Participants also will wear a watch-like sensor called an actigraph for 1 week at 3 different time periods to capture data on activity, mobility, and sleep time and quality.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
Washington State University
Pullman Washington 99164-4820 Recruiting Malathi Jandhyala

Washington State University

Name Role Affiliation
Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, PhD Principal Investigator Washington State University

Name Phone Email
Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, PhD 509-335-0170
Stephanie Saltness 509-335-4033


B-Fit Intervention to Improve Engagement in Healthy Brain Aging Activities in Middle-aged and Older Adults