A Combined Training Program for Veterans with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment

Study participants needed for exercise and memory training in older veterans with memory problems.

This research project is being done by researchers at VA Palo Alto. It combines physical exercise and memory training with the goal of improving memory in people 50 to 90, who have mild memory problems.

How can I participate?

Contact us at (650) 493-5000 ext. 65992.

 You are eligible if you are:
  • A veteran and need to start exercising
  • Experiencing memory problems
  • 50 years or older
 What can I expect?
  • Participation in the study will last approximately eight months.
  • You will be asked to answer some questions to see how you think and feel about some things.
  • You will participate in a 6-month long exercise training program at the VA Palo Alto. You will also be given equipment to help you exercise at home.
  • After completion of the exercise portion of the study, you will participate in memory training at the VA Palo Alto.
  • All of this at no charge to you.
  • Compensation for participation is up to $150.
What is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

Amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) is an intermediate stage between the expected cognitive changes of normal aging and the more serious decline of dementia. aMCI can involve problems with memory, language, thinking, and judgment that are beyond normal age-related changes.

What are the symptoms?
  • Forgetting important events such as appointments or social engagements
  • Losing your train of thought or the thread of conversations, books, or movies
  • Making decisions, completing tasks, and following instructions becomes more difficult
  • Having difficulty finding your way in familiar places
  • Your family or friends have noticed these changes