Online Group Movement Program May Increase Quality of Life and Mobility in People with Memory Loss
Research Center: Together Senior Health
Type of Study: Virtual Study, Online Interactive Movement Classes
Lead Investigators: Deborah Barnes, Ph. D., M.P.H. and Cynthia Benjamin, M.B.A.
IRB Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by University of California San Francisco Institutional Review Board
The number of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia continues to grow, placing an increasing burden on families and the medical system, and impacting the quality of life for numerous seniors. People with memory loss can become socially or physically isolated, which can accelerate their cognitive decline.
Researchers are testing an online program, called Moving Together. It focuses on preventing loss of independence through movement and encouraging participants to work together with their care partners to hopefully improve quality of life, mental and physical health. The program integrates physical, cognitive, and social activities that work with parts of the brain that remain intact as memory declines – muscle memory, mindfulness, and the ability to meaningfully connect with others.
This study seeks pairs which includes a person with memory loss and a care partner that are willing to participate together. Participants are required to join a 1 hour online class 2x a week for 12 consecutive weeks.
- You will contribute to the development of methods to maintain function and independence for people with memory loss or dementia
- You will participate in this program at home which consists of interactive live video, group movement and mindfulness activities, and supportive community
- Those experiencing symptoms of memory decline may see an improvement in their symptoms such as better mobility, better quality of life, and reduced stress
- You will connect with others that share similar challenges
- You will be helping to create an engaging online community for people living with memory loss and their families.
- You will be helping to advance medical research.
- 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 law.
Who Can Participate?
- Adults 18 years or older
- Pairs that include a person with memory loss and a care partner that is willing to participate together Must have access to a device (such as a smart TV, desktop computer, laptop or tablet) with internet access
- Participants do NOT need extensive technology experience; if you can email, you can join!
- Able to attend the online class 2x a week over a 3 month period
- Must not have severe visual or hearing impairment