Study Type

General Health & Wellbeing

Study Purpose

The PAACE research study will evaluate if a physical activity program, tailored to elderly African American adults, can help improve brain function in areas such as attention and memory in an effort to reduce the risk of developing dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

About the Study

PAACE study participants will visit the Pennington Biomedical Outpatient Clinic for an orientation visit
prior to enrolling in the study.

Once enrolled, participants will take part in a 12-week physical activity program or a 12- week successful
aging program. Each 12-week program will take place in a community setting.

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 3 visits to the Pennington Biomedical Outpatient Clinic
  • Weekly meetings in community settings for physical activity sessions or small group seminars (dependent upon which group you are assigned to)


  • Body measurements (height, weight, etc.)
  • Vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, etc.)
  • Blood test
  • Exercise test
  • Activity monitors
  • Motor skills/memory test
  • Questionnaires

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Be an African American 65 – 85 years of age
  • Be capable of regular physical activity
  • Not taking part in regular physical activity

Study Duration

Participation in this research study will last approximately 5 months.


Compensation of up to $100 is offered for the completion of this study.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for this research study, click here to screen online, call 225-763-3000 or email

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.


Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
If you know someone who may be interested please direct them to the site or have them call us directly at 225-763-3000.


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