• Age Range: 60-75

  • Duration: 16 Weeks

  • Compensation: $350, 5-month gym membership

The research study examines the effects of exercise and a computer game on cognition and brain activity. First, we perform a phone screen to see if you meet our eligibility criteria. If you do, we invite you to come to our lab located at the Columbia University Medical Center campus to sign a consent form and other paperwork and complete a memory and attention task. At this consent appointment, we will also schedule a fitness test.

During this fitness assessment, you will be asked to perform an exercise stress test during which you pedal a stationary bike. If the results of this test indicate that you are eligible for our study, you will begin a two-week orientation phase at one of the five YMCA locations in Manhattan that is most convenient for you.
Upon completing the orientation phase, you will be scheduled for two appointments. The first is an optional MRI scan, and the second appointment is a cognitive testing session. After these appointments you will be randomly assigned to one of two groups.

Group 1: Aerobic Exercise and Gaming group

In the this group, you will complete 12 weeks of aerobic exercise (4x/week, one hour at a time) at the YMCA Fitness Center. You will also visit the Columbia University Medical Center 3 times a week (45 min each time) to play a video game.

Group 2: Stretching and Gaming group

In the stretching group, you will do targeted stretching for 12 weeks (4x/week, one hour at a time at the YMCA Fitness Center. You will also visit the Columbia University Medical Center 3 times a week (45 min each time) to play a video game.
After the 12-weeks, both groups will complete a second optional MRI scan, cognitive test and fitness test.
One year later, you will return to the Medical Center for a follow up meeting for a third and final cognitive testing session.

 

Click here to find out if you are eligible for this study!