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Brain Connections, Self-Care, and Blood Pressure in African Americans with Memory Problems


This study is designed to help adapt a previously tested intervention involving the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and mindfulness techniques for black and African American older adults with high blood pressure and early Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
65 Years N/A All No
August 23, 2018
September 1, 2020

  • High blood pressure, with or without medication
  • Diagnosis of Alzheimer's or a related dementia, or a Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam score of 17 to 10, or a Montreal Cognitive Assessment score of 19 to 25

  • Unable to understand spoken English
  • May move out of the area within 6 months
  • Inability to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (e.g., metal in the body or eye, heart pacemaker or defibrillator, gunshot wound, or claustrophobia)
  • History of a stroke
  • Less than 6 on the Brief Assessment of Understanding of the Study

Participants will be randomly assigned to either the dietary and mindfulness intervention, group education, or a control group for 8 weeks. Those in the dietary and mindfulness group will meet for 2.5 hours weekly to learn about the DASH diet, stress, the mind/body connection, relaxation, yoga, meditation, self-awareness, and bodily cues relating to emotional reactivity. Activities will include gentle yoga, walking/sitting meditation, breathing, relaxation, and the body scan. Additionally, participants will be asked to complete a 20-minute mindfulness practice at least 5 times a week. The education group will attend eight, 2.5-hour sessions on non-health topics such as personal safety, fire prevention, cold weather protection, disaster preparation, internet safety, aging in place, how to know when it's time to move, and managing money.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Columbus Ohio 43210 Recruiting Kathy Wright

Ohio State University

Name Role Affiliation
Kathy D. Wright, PhD Principal Investigator Ohio State University

Name Phone Email
Salome D. Beyene, BA
Kathy D Wright, PhD 614-292-0309


Brain Connections, Self-care and Blood Pressure in Black and African Americans With Problems With Memory