Improvisational Movement for People with Memory Loss and Their Caregivers (IMOVE)
This study will test dance and social engagement as a method to decrease behavioral symptoms and improve quality of life in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early Alzheimer's disease.
|Minimum Age||Maximum Age||Gender||Healthy Volunteers|
|60 Years||85 Years||All||No|
- MCI or early Alzheimer's or mixed dementia of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia
- Speak English
- Study partner who is a family member, spends approximately 10 hours a week with the person with MCI or early Alzheimer's, and is willing to be an active study partner
- Not enrolled in another study in past 6 months
- Other causes of dementia, such as early-onset Alzheimer's, frontotemporal, Lewy body, or Parkinsonian dementia
- Untreated depression
- Current cancer treatment or other major medical problems that might affect cognition or movement
- Other neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis
- Taking medication that could affect safety during study
- Planned extensive travel during the study period
- Any reason the study doctor or personal physician would advise against participation
Improvisation is the ability to create new gestures and movements spontaneously. This form of dance may be well-suited for people with dementia because it doesn't rely heavily on memory, can be adapted to include multiple positions and movements, is cognitively challenging, and fosters a social, playful atmosphere.
Participants in this study will attend 1-hour improvisational dance lessons (group or non-group) or party game sessions 2 times a week for 12 weeks. Dance moves and games will be varied within the sessions to incorporate pacing and variability. Another group will be randomized as a no-contact control group and will continue their current disease management and lifestyle for 12 weeks. After the study, these participants may join a weekly community improvisational dance class for as many sessions as they would like.
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Christina Hugenschmidt, PhD
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
|Christina Hugenschmidt, PhD||Principal Investigator||Assistant Professor Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine|
IMOVE: Improvisational Movement for People With Memory Loss and Their Caregivers
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- Okura T, Langa KM. Caregiver burden and neuropsychiatric symptoms in older adults with cognitive impairment: the Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS). Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2011 Apr-Jun;25(2):116-21. doi: 10.1097/WAD.0b013e318203f208.
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