The University of South Florida and healthy older adult volunteers from the Sarasota area will play an increasingly crucial role in the landmark Preventing Alzheimer’s with Cognitive Training (PACT) study. This study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, examines whether computerized brain training exercises can reduce the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Additional funding awarded earlier this year will provide PACT study participants with an option to provide blood samples that will be used to develop tests for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. This is the largest study of its kind to date, investigating not only how to possibly prevent dementia but also how to detect it earlier.
Jerri Edwards, Ph.D. along with collaborators compare the effectiveness of cognitive interventions (often referred to as "brain fitness" or "brain training" programs) to counter age-related cognitive decline and prevent dementia such as Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Edwards is an internationally recognized expert who has studied cognitive interventions for more than 30 years. Dr. Edwards' work has been published in more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and featured by media outlets such as PBS, The Today Show, and NBC Nightly News. She enjoys speaking to older adults about how to maintain their brain fitness
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