Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

Conversations as a Means to Delay Alzheimer's Disease Onset

Conversations as a Means to Delay Alzheimer's Disease Onset

Overall Status: 
Completed
Brief Description: 

The investigators will examine whether cognitive stimulation through daily conversation will have positive effects on cognitive functions among the elderly. Face-to-face communication will be conducted through the use of personal computers, webcams, and user-friendly Internet programs that allow participants to have conversations while staying at home.

Patient Qualifications: 
Min AgeMax AgeGenderHealthy Volunteers
70 Years
N/A
Both
Yes
Inclusion Criteria: 

  • No dementia
  • Willing to participate in daily conversation using Internet/webcam with interviewers for 6 weeks
  • Willing to monitor daily conversational amount using a digital recording device
  • Willing informant who has frequent contact with the participant

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Major illness or disabilities that interfere with using the audio/video technology
  • Dementia
  • Mini Mental State Examination score of less than 24 at screening
  • Geriatric Depression Scale score of more than 4 at screening

Detailed Description: 

Past epidemiological studies have demonstrated that larger social networks or more frequent social interactions could have potential protective effects against Alzheimer's disease. In this study, investigators will examine if face-to-face communication (30 minutes daily, 5 days per week for 6 weeks) will affect cognitive functions among the elderly. The conversations will be conducted through the use of personal computers, webcams, and user-friendly Internet programs that allow participants to have conversations while staying at home. Effects will be assessed at the third and sixth months after completion of the intervention. A placebo group will receive weekly phone calls to complete a health/social engagement monitoring survey but no active intervention. Daily conversational amount will be tracked using a digital recording device.

Locations: 
Map Marker CityStateZip CodeStatusPrimary Contact

Geolocation is 45.4874111, -122.6875541

Portland
Oregon
97239
Name:
Phone:
Lead Sponsor: 
Agency
Oregon Health and Science University
Collaborator Sponsor: 
Agency
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Facility Investigators: 
NameRoleAffiliation
Hiroko Dodge
Principal Investigator
Oregon Health & Science University
Study Contact: 
NamePhoneEmail
Molly Bowman
(503) 494-6976
Locations
 
 
ClinicalTrials.gov ID 
NCT01571427 (follow link to view full record on ct.gov in new window)
Official Title: 
Conversational Engagement as a Means to Delay Alzheimer's Disease Onset
Study Start Date: 
February 2012
Study End Date: 
June 2014
Disease Stage: 
Pre-clinical
Early
Enrollment: 
90