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Online Group Movement Class for People With Memory Loss and Their Caregivers

Start: November 18, 2020
End: September 30, 2022
Enrollment: 224

What Is This Study About?

Moving Together is an online group movement class that teaches gentle movement and mindfulness practices to support physical and cognitive function in older adults. This study will examine if Moving Together can improve quality of life in people with memory loss and their caregivers. Participants will be randomly assigned to either start the class right away or after a 12-week delay. Participants will join the online group classes from their home using their TV, tablet, or computer. Each class is one hour, two days each week, for 12 weeks. Using questionnaires, researchers will assess changes in quality of life, including emotional well-being, sleep quality, mobility, and cognitive function.

Do I Qualify To Participate in This Study?

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Must have:

  • United States resident
  • English language fluency
  • Diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia with mild symptoms
  • Availability and willingness of the primary caregiver of the person with memory problems to participate in the livestreaming group movement classes 
  • Primary caregiver owns one or more devices that can be used to participate in two-way, livestreaming video classes (e.g., smart phone or tablet plus TV, laptop or desktop computer with webcam, smart TV)
  • Willing and able to participate in two-way, livestreaming group movement classes

Must NOT have:

  • Uses wheelchair most of the time while inside home
  • Limited life expectancy (e.g., enrolled in hospice, meta-static cancer)
  • Physical limitations that could affect ability to participate (e.g., difficulty sitting for one hour, chronic pain, vertigo)
  • Severe visual impairment (e.g., unable to observe instructor's movements on screen)
  • Severe hearing impairment (e.g., unable to hear instructor's requests)
  • Behavioral or psychiatric issues that could be disruptive in group setting (e.g., history of physical or verbal abuse, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance abuse)
  • Planning to travel for more than one week during initial 12-week study period

If I Qualify, Who Do I Contact?

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

Study Contact
Deborah E Barnes, PhD, MPH
Cynthia Benjamin

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?

University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94143

Who Sponsors This Study?

Lead: University of California, San Francisco

Collaborator Sponsor

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Source: ID: NCT04621448