A randomised clinical trial of Physical activity for the treatment of older adults with mild cognitive impairment [ 2004 - 2006 ]

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Researchers: Prof Nicola Lautenschlager (Principal investigator) ,  A/Pr Kay Cox Prof Jonathan Foster Prof Leon Flicker Prof Osvaldo Almeida

Brief description Australia's population is aging rapidly and so is the frequency of age-related diseases. Dementia and depression are the most frequent mental health disorders of older people. They are also the leading causes of years of life lost due to disability in Australia. The results of recent studies have shown that memory difficulties and dementia are associated with potentially modifiable risk factors, such as physical activity. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether a physical activity program for older adults decreases cognitive decline and conversion to dementia in a population at risk: mild cognitive impairment (MCI). 168 subjects with MCI will be randomised (by chance, like the flip of a coin) to either the intervention program of physical activity or usual care - their cognitive (such as memory) performance will be compared at the end of 24 months.

Funding Amount $AUD 280,250.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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