Study Type

Healthy Aging & Alzheimer's Disease

Study Purpose

Though it is well known that physical activity is beneficial for our health, many older adults remain very inactive for the majority of their day. This inactivity can lead to the development of serious medical conditions.

The REALPA research study will evaluate if 3 different physical activity programs, tailored to older adults, can help improve muscle strength and lower the risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.

About the Study

Potential participants will visit the Pennington Biomedical Outpatient Clinic and Louisiana State University (LSU) for 2 screening visits prior to enrolling in the study.

Once enrolled, participants will be assigned to one of 3 exercise groups. Each 16-week exercise program will take place at LSU.  

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 2 screening visits
  • 6 study visits
  • Weekly exercise sessions for 16 weeks


  • Body measurements (height, weight, etc.)
  • Vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, etc.)
  • Blood tests
  • Exercise tests
  • Meal tests
  • EKG (to measure heart activity)
  • DXA Scan (to measure bone, muscle and body fat)
  • MRI Scan (to measure leg muscle mass)
  • Muscle biopsies
  • Physical activity monitors
  • Questionnaires

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Be 65 - 80 years of age
  • Have a body mass index of 18.5 - 34.9 calculate your BMI
  • Not be physically active
  • Not have any changes in medication in the past 30 days

Study Duration

Participation in this research study will last approximately 5-6 months.


Compensation of up to $500 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 e-mail

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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