Study Basics

Are you between 65-80? Are you able to walk with no pain or assistive device (ex. cane, walker, scooter)? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study designed to understand the relationship between physical fitness and brain health in older adults. Compensation provided.

Study Purpose

The FLAME study plans to investigate the effects of physical fitness on memory training and cognitive performance in younger (18-30 years old) and older adults (i.e., 65-80 years old). This study will use memory, cognitive, and creativity measurements, as well as fitness tests, to determine the relationship between cognitive performance and physical fitness in college students and older adults. The results from this study could advance scientific-based policy and health care recommendations for novel ways to enhance cognitive functioning in older adults.

Could this study be right for you?

  • Between the age of 18-30 years or 65-80 years old
  • Able to speak, read, and write English
  • Able to walk without assistance of a walking device and able to complete a treadmill fitness test
  • No diagnosis of a neurological disease or certain medical conditions which would limit performance on cognitive tasks or completion of the exercise test
  • AGE: 65-80 years old or 18-30 years old
  • VISITS: Three 2-hour appointments

FLAME will examine the relationship between physical fitness and cognitive performance in late adulthood (ages 65-80). We will collect a battery of cognitive, fitness, and psychosocial measures. Participants will complete three 2-hour appointments. THIS STUDY IS NOW OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT!

Please call 617-433-8260 or email to participate

What participants can expect

  • Sessions 1 and 2
    • During the first and second sessions, you will complete some cognitive tests using paper and pencils and a computer. Our staff will help administer these and answer any questions you may have. We will give you plenty of breaks between tests if you get tired. Both sessions will take about 2 hours total and will be scheduled on repeating days around the same time.
  • Session 3
    • The third session will be scheduled after completion of the first two sessions. During the third session, you will complete an exercise test. At this time, we will ask you to walk on a treadmill while wearing a plastic mask. While walking, you will also be asked to wear non-invasive sensors that will monitor your heart activity and a blood pressure cuff. ¬†This will be done with trained specialists and is used to understand your physical abilities. The third session takes about 2 hours.

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