Learning, Aging and Brain Health
What is this Study about?
Aim – To determine how continued education and adult learning classes affects brain health and cognitive processing in older adults.
How the information gathered will be used – The results of this study may inform how structural and functional changes lead to the cognitive decline some individuals experience with age and the effect of learning and adult education on cognitive performance in older adults experiencing mild cognitive impairment.
What Will Happen in This Study?
Prior to participation in the study, eligibility must first be established through an in-person consent and screening session. Once deemed eligible, participants will then be given a series of pen and paper assessments which includes questionnaires and tests that will last 1.5 hours. Additionally, there will be a 1-hour MRI scan performed during a cognitive task on a separate day. These assessments will be conducted both before and following the study. This study requires a participation for 1.5 hours a week for 6 consecutive weeks, consisting of educational group lessons led by the same researcher.
Who is Eligible to Participate in this Study?
You are eligible to participate if you are:
(1) Aged 60-80 years old,
(2) Live in your own home,
(3) Feel your memory ability has declined in the last 5 years, and
(4) Read, write and speak English.
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