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Virtual Reality Training To Improve Everyday Task Performance in People With Alzheimer's Disease

Start: January 12, 2021
End: March 31, 2023
Enrollment: 40

What Is This Study About?

This study will evaluate an online training program designed to improve the performance of basic kitchen tasks by older adults with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. Participants will use a touch-screen laptop to practice a kitchen-related task in a virtual environment over four consecutive days. Researchers will use live video to assess the participants performing the task in real-life before and after the training. In addition, participants will undergo cognitive testing and, with their study partners, complete interviews and questionnaires about the training.

Do I Qualify To Participate in This Study?

Minimum Age: 65 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Must have:

  • Diagnosis of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease within the past year with a Mini-Mental State Exam score of approximately 25 or lower
  • Availability of a study partner who has knowledge of the participant's daily functioning

Must NOT have:

  • Severe vision or hearing problems that would interfere with study participation (i.e., unable to visually identify everyday objects or hear training directions)
  • Severe motor weakness that would limit the use of everyday objects or the computer touch screen
  • History of severe psychiatric disorder, nervous system infections or disorders, or intellectual disability
  • Current metabolic or systemic disorders, major depression or moderate-severe depression symptoms, or uncontrolled anxiety or moderate-severe anxiety symptoms

If I Qualify, Who Do I Contact?

Contact study personnel listed either under the general study contact or the location nearest you.

Study Contact
Tania Giovannetti, PhD

Need Help?

Contact NIA’s Alzheimer’s and related Dementias Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center at 800-438-4380 or email ADEAR.

Where Is This Study Located?

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Tania Giovannetti, Ph.D.

Who Sponsors This Study?

Lead: Temple University

Source: ID: NCT04315337