The Alzheimer's Association and the U.S. POINTER study's Coordinating Center at Wake Forest University Medical Center continues to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are taking all necessary precautions at each of our study locations to ensure the safety of participants and staff as well as protect the scientific integrity of the study to the best of our ability.
If you have any questions about specific precautions and safety information, please contact your U.S. POINTER study location. You can find contact information here.
It's no secret that the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of our communities has been greatly impacted by COVID-19. While we are all doing our best to keep our communities safe and recover, there is one opportunity to do something potentially incredibly positive for the health of our communities and on a big scale.
U.S. POINTER is a new national research study that is working to create a new and healthier "normal" through lifestyle changes. A healthier lifestyle not only protects the health of the body, but it may also protect the health of the brain. In older adults, a healthier lifestyle may protect against future memory problems that could include Alzheimer's or other types of dementia. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic here in the U.S. and across the world now more than ever points to the importance of doing our best to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally strong so that we can better fight these and other diseases.
If you're interested in participating in U.S. POINTER, click here for contact information to see if you might be eligible.
The U.S. Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce Risk (U.S. POINTER) is a two-year clinical trial to evaluate whether lifestyle interventions that simultaneously target multiple risk factors protect cognitive function in older adults (age 60-79) at increased risk for cognitive decline. The currently participating sites are