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Normal Aging Longitudinal Study

Description

Our investigators are seeking to better understand the transition from normal aging to AD by identifying healthy older adults and those who may be at high risk for developing AD. Studying normal aging enables the researchers to have the reference points necessary to reach valid conclusions about Alzheimer’s disease. We are able to provide testing to Hispanic spanish speaking individuals in English and/or Spanish.

Candidate Criteria

Participants must have a study partner, have stable health status, and must not have any history of major strokes.

 

Benefit

Two major benefits are having access to staff members who evaluate your condition and will...

(1) inform you of the results of the evaluation and

(2) make suggestions and referrals for coping with any problems that you may have

Consultation with our social workers is also available as needed

Cost

There is no financial cost to participate in our longitudinal research study. The only cost to you is in travel, time, and effort involved in receiving an annual evaluation.

 

You may withdraw at any time. We would, however like a commitment of a minimum of five years in order to gather the optimal longitudinal data.

Time/Procedures

Annual visits that last one and a half days. The annual exam consists of three parts: a nursing exam, a neuropsychological assessment, and a neurology exam.

We also request that you agree to a brain autopsy. This is critical to our research, since the pathological confirmation is the only definitive diagnosis for the disease. It also provides tissue for critical studies in the pathophysiology of the disease.