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The EXERT Study: Building Memories through Exercise

Help researchers identify the right dose of exercise for people with mild memory problems

What is the EXERT Study?

  • EXERT is a national, 18-month long, clinical trial to test whether physical exercise can slow the progression of early Alzheimer’s disease related memory problems or mild cognitive impairment in older adults. EXERT is taking place at 15 academic medical centers and YMCA’s in the US.

Who Can Participate in the EXERT Study?

  • Adults between the ages of 65 and 89 years who:
    • Are experiencing mild memory loss or lapses and/or are diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment
    • Have not been exercising regularly
    • Are in good health otherwise

What’s Great about EXERT for Participants?

  • An 18-month membership to a participating YMCA
    • A personal trainer for 12 months
    • A personalized exercise program
    • A chance to feel better ~and~ have fun!
Academic Medical Centers and Specialty Clinics Participating in the EXERT Study
CAIrvineUniversity of California, IrvineBeatriz Yanez(949)
CAPalo AltoStanford University School of MedicineMarisol Hernandez(650)493-5000 ext
CTNew HavenYale University School of MedicineEmily Kemp(203)
GAAtlantaEmory UniversityTamara Attis(404)
ILChicagoRush University Medical CenterJudy Phillips(312)
KSKansas CityUniversity of KansasCasey John, MS(913)
KYLexingtonUniversity of KentuckyMolly Harper(859)
NCDurhamDuke University Medical Center   
NCWinston-SalemWake Forest University Health SciencesCamillia Martin(336)
NVLas VegasCleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain HealthErika Crawford(702)
NYNew YorkMount Sinai School of Medicine   
NYNew YorkNew York University Medical Center   
TXFort WorthUniversity of North Texas Health Science CenterKimberly Brown or Kamiah Moss(817)
WIMadisonUniversity of WisconsinElizabeth Jeanes, MS(608)

Questions about EXERT?

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