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Will goal setting encourage exercise?

It is currently estimated that 13% of cases of Alzheimer’s Disease could be prevented if older adults were more physically active.

NARI, in collaboration with The University of Melbourne, is about to embark on a new investigation aiming to help inactive older adults at risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

INDIGO, a three-year $489,000 study beginning this month, is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The program investigates whether a physical activity program and goal setting training can help inactive older adults at risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Professor Nicola Lautenschlager from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne will lead this project with NARI, University of Western Australia and Bangor University in the United Kingdom.

NARI starts recruitment now for two groups of community members.

The first group will be made up of older adults who are not physically active, are concerned about their memory, and would like to be more physically active; and the second group will be physically active older adults who would like join as a peer mentor.

Participants will take part in a six-month, home-based physical activity program. The time commitment for physical activity will gradually increase to 150 minutes weekly.

Half of the group will work with a peer mentor, who will provide telephone support to help participants to achieve their physical activity and function goals.

The study requires:

People aged between 60 and 80 years from the Melbourne area, living in the community, have memory concerns and do less than 30 minutes of physical activity weekly.

Mentors aged between 50 and 85 years and doing at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity weekly. Mentors will complete a short course to teach the skills and knowledge to support the INDIGO participants.

If you are interested in being involved in this study or want more details, contact Ellen Gaffy: (03) 8387 2296. Click here for more information. pdf (479KB)