A Study Evaluating Behavioral Intervention in those at risk for Alzheimer’s Dementia

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Age: 65 years or older
Healthy Volunteers: No
Keywords: Alzheimer’s Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, memory loss
Type: Behavioral study
60 Participants
Older adults with memory changes may eventually experience difficulty with activities of daily living (such as managing finances).

This study will test an intervention for older adults who are experiencing concerns with thinking ability but do not have difficulty with managing activities of daily living.

The goal of this intervention is to increase skills using a calendar system, goal setting and task list system, and organizational strategies. This intervention encourages engagement in healthy lifestyle activities such as physical exercise, intellectual stimulation, and positive emotional functioning to further promote brain health.

Participants may have increased engagement in brain health activities and improved compensation strategies. All participants will have a chance to complete the intervention.
This study requires

Each assessment will take approximately 1-2 hours and will be conducted by one of the primary investigators or research assistants. All weekly group sessions will take two hours and will be conducted by a primary investigator or research assistant. All study related visits will be held in a conference room in the Ellison building located on the UCDMC campus.

Topics discussed in group sessions will cover compensation strategies (e.g., calendar, goal setting and task lists, functional zones) and brain health behaviors (e.g., exercise, cognitive activity, stress reduction and mindfulness).

You may be asked to wear an activity monitor (that looks like a wrist watch) or heart rate monitor designed to collect information about your physical activity. You will use them for one week at the beginning and another week towards the end. You will be asked to wear the heart rate monitor when you are exercising during the two week-long periods when you are wearing the activity monitor.

There is a possibility that participants will be contacted for future research if you agree.

Who can participate

Inclusion criteria:

  • a diagnosis of subjective cognitive complaints (SCC)
  • Age 65+
  • English speaking
  • Available informant to complete surveys
  • Ambulatory

Exclusion criteria:

  • Known neurological condition
  • Severe psychiatric illness (e.g., current depression)
Benefits and risks of participating

We cannot promise any benefits to you as a result of taking part in this research study.


The study doctor will discuss the risks associated with taking part in this research study.
You will not be paid to take part in this research study.
Study duration and period
We expect that you will actively be involved in this research study for approximately 3 months.
Recruitment period
From April 6, 2018
UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95817
Kelly Wallace
Research Topic
  • Subjective Cognitive Concerns (SCC)

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