Contribute to the treatments of the future: May clinical trials

Clinical trials contribute to the scientific knowledge that can lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of diseases and ailments. They can also help older adults and caregivers feel they’re proactively contributing to a better future for those affected by cognitive impairment, chronic pain and other ailments.

Each of the studies includes contact information for the group or university sponsoring and the study below. Reach out to them with any questions or concerns you may have, or to see if you qualify.

Researchers at Together Senior Health are testing whether an online program called Moving Together improves the quality of life of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their caregivers. The program includes virtual group classes with guided functional movements.

Location: Online

Qualifications:

  • Adults 18 or older
  • Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementia, or a caregiver of such a person
  • Own a device capable of two-way video livestreaming

Process: Participants will take part in virtual group classes for one hour, two days a week for 12 weeks. The classes are a livestreamed, instructor-led group movement program combining physical movement with mindful body awareness exercises and social interactions.

Contacts:

Deborah E. Barnes

415-298-5498

[email protected]

Cynthia Benjamin

650-906-6032

[email protected]

Drugmaker Biogen is recruiting Alzheimer’s patients for its Phase 4 trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Aduhelm.

Location: Multiple US locations

Qualifications:

  • Adults 18 or older
  • Alzheimer’s diagnosis
  • Prescription for Adulhelm (aducanumab-avwa) from physician

Process: Participants will be followed up to five years after enrollment, and data will be collected at routine visits every six to 12 months. The efficacy of the drug will be measured via a series of questionnaires, assessments and interviews.

Contact:

US Biogen Clinical Trial Center

866-633-4636

[email protected]

This study follows people with and without Parkinson’s disease over time to learn more about the disease. Researchers hope to glean information by gathering data from more than 100,000 study participants to potentially help diagnose and treat Parkinson’s.

Location: Online in the US

Qualifications:

  • Adults 18 or older with an email address
  • Accepting those with or without Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Particularly looking for:
    • Men over 60
    • Those with a close relative who has a Parkinson’s diagnosis
    • Those experiencing persistent loss of smell

Process: Participants will have the opportunity to contribute data on their health and wellness every 90 days for years. Depending on the information you provide, you may be invited to visit a medical clinic for additional in-person testing.

Contact:

Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative

[email protected]

Behavioral disruptions by individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are reported in nearly 90% of persons living with the condition. These symptoms are highly correlated with increased caregiver burden and burnout, and decreased quality of life for the person living with dementia and their caregiver.

This study will examine the Harmony at HOME telehealth program, which aims to train caregivers of persons with dementia in the skills of assessing and modifying the home environment in a region with some of the poorest health care options for older adults in the country.

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