Move Your Body, Improve Your Mind?

Research Center: San Francisco VA Medical Center
Location: 4150 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
Lead Doctor: Linda Chao, PhD
IRB Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by UCSF Institutional Review Board


Nearly 1 in 10 older Americans have dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more-serious decline of dementia. The researchers in this study have developed an exercise program called Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLIÉ) that incorporates elements from Eastern and Western exercise modalities and is designed to build and maintain the capacity to perform basic functional movements while increasing mindful body awareness and enhancing social connection.

The goal of this study is to test the effectiveness of this exercise program in older adults who have MCI but who do not yet have dementia.

This study seeks men and women who currently suffer from mild cognitive impairment.

Why Participate?

  • Some people in the study may experience improvement in their physical function (such as balance), cognitive function (such as memory), or feelings about their life, but this is NOT guaranteed.
  • You will be helping to answer an important research question. Information from the study may help health professionals better understand what types of exercises are most beneficial for people with memory loss.
  • You will be compensated up to $100 for participating in this study.
  • You will be helping to find potential non-medical, non-invasive options for improving memory.

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you may withdraw at any time.
  • Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by the law.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your health as it relates to the study.

Who Can Participate?

  • Men and women who are currently experiencing symptoms of mild cognitive impairment
  • Are not claustrophobic
  • Are able to walk without assistance from another person
  • Are not diagnosed with dementia
  • Able to attend special movement classes for 60 minutes each twice a week for 3 months. Classes are held from 3-4pm at the San Francisco VA Medical Center

What Next?

  1. Click the link below to enter your contact details and answer some eligibility questions.
  2. The research centre will then contact you by phone to discuss the trial and answer your questions.
Click Here to Enter Your Contact Details and Be Contacted by Phone About the Trial