EXERT is a national, 18-month long, clinical trial to test whether physical exercise can slow the progression of early Alzheimer’s disease memory problems (known as “mild cognitive impairment”) in older adults. We are one of 15 academic medical centers and YMCA’s in the US that are participating in the EXERT study.


The study includes an 18-month membership to the YMCA, where the participants exercises at least four times a week.  Exercise  includes an emphasis on either stretching and range of motion or aerobic conditioning.  In the first twelve months, participants are guided by a trainer.  Throughout the intervention there are a total of five visits where various assessments are done, such as cognitive testing, MRI’s, and collection of biomarkers, etcetera.

We are no longer recruiting for this study.