Study Basics

Are you between 60-95 years of age? Are you able to walk with little pain and no assistance? Are you physically inactive? If so, you may be able to participate in our 4-month research study. We use daily messaging and MRI to explore how everyday activities impact behavior and brain health in older adults. MRI scan is optional and all other visits can be completed from the comfort of your home. You will be compensated for this study.

Study Purpose

The Daily Activity Study of Health (DASH) is an intervention that aims to promote physical and cognitive wellbeing in sedentary older adults by using a daily messaging system. After completing this study, the participants may be able to have a healthier lifestyle and maintain better brain health.

Could this study be right for you?

  • Age between 60 and 95
  • If you sit most of the day or are physically inactive
  • Ambulatory without pain or the assistance of walking devices
  • Regular access to a computer with internet
  • AGE: 60 - 95
  • VISITS: 13 Remote visits (ZOOM), 2 onsite MRI visits (optional)
  • DURATION: 4 months

This is a Phase I randomized clinical trial funded by NIH. DASH examines the effect of a daily message intervention on physical activity, mental, cognitive and brain health in late adulthood (age 60-95). We will be collecting data from psychosocial measures, cognitive assessments, physical function, physical activity and functional and structural neuroimaging. The participants will be randomized to one of two different daily messaging groups. The study contains 13 online visits (from 0.5hr to 2hrs) and 2 onsite MRI visits in total.

Please call 617-373-5236 or email or visit our Facebook page @DASHRESEARCHSTUDY

What participants can expect

After consenting, participants will wear two devices (see picture) to measure movement. Then they will complete psychosocial surveys, neuropsychological computer tasks and physical assessment for the first part of the study. For the second part of this study, during the daily messaging intervention, participants will receive daily prompts about health and short surveys for 6 weeks. After the intervention, participants will complete surveys, thinking tests and a physical assessment. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in an MRI brain scan before and after the study. All visits except the brain scan are remote, and materials will be mailed out to participants’ home.

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