Maintaining Cognitive Health in Aging Veterans

Research literature suggests that educational courses may help improve attitudes about aging, cognition and functioning in daily life for older adults. This research study seeks to understand the impact of a 12-week education course on memory and aging, similar to the courses cited by the literature.

Participation in the study involves a baseline screening assessment, the 12-week memory and aging course, a 3-month follow-up assessment, and a 6-month follow-up assessment. During the assessments participants will be provided with paper and pencil tests and questionnaires asking about their memory ability and daily lives.  The 12-week course will teach participants about healthy brain aging and cognitive maintenance techniques. The course will be taught at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital located in Bedford, MA.

Approximately 144 participants (72 participants and 72 study partners) will be recruited over the period of one year.  The memory and aging course will occur three times throughout the year.  In order to participate in the study, participants must be cognitively healthy veterans, between the ages 65-95, who are concerned about their memory, and want to learn about healthy brain aging.  Candidates will not be able to participate if they have a prior history of a brain disorder affecting cognition such as Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, Parkinson’s disease, other dementia, stroke, brain injury, or major mental illness such as major depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder, or active alcohol or substance abuse.

Inquiries about the study Inquiries about this study should be directed to Ryan Daley, the study coordinator, at 781-687-3645 or ryan.daley@va.gov.