/ Modified sep 19, 2016 4:22 p.m.

UA Collaborative Study Seeks Ways to Slow Cognitive Decline

Universities recruiting adults age 65-90 for computer-based exercises and mild electric stimulation.

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The University of Arizona will take part in a study examining possible ways to slow cognitive declines in older adults.

The study, which includes collaboration from the University of Florida and University of Miami, will look at whether or not a mix of computer-based training exercises and mild electrical stimulation to the front of the brain can help slow such declines.

“We’re planning to test and evaluate whether the combination of these two techniques is better than either one alone and whether it really helps to engage a person to learn better and do better as they age,” said UA professor Gene Alexander, who will lead the work done in Tucson.

The five-year, $5.7 million study is funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Researchers at all three universities will begin recruiting adults between the ages of 65 and 90 to take part in the study in the coming months. Research will take place over a 12-week period.

Alexander said those who are interested in taking part can sign up to be a part of the Southern Arizona Healthy Aging Registry at 520-626-0386.

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