Help us understand how to better promote normal, healthy brain aging for all, and unlock the secrets of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
The UK-Alzheimer’s Disease Center is seeking volunteers for clinical research studies. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to ongoing research in the areas of Alzheimer's disease and normal aging for any and all interested participants. Research is conducted at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Clinic.
Most experts agree that we may be able to find better treatments, and possibly cures for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, in the next decade, but only with the continued support of research participants such as you and your loved ones.
We hope you will consider this unique opportunity to contribute to our ongoing research efforts. Please help us to realize a day when Alzheimer's disease is nothing more than a memory - well preserved!
Participation is open to persons of all genders, racial backgrounds, and ethnicities. Minority participants are encouraged to enroll. Enrolled participants will also learn about other research opportunities for which they may be eligible.
Individuals Without Memory or Thinking Problems (Sanders-Brown Healthy Brain Aging Volunteers)
About the study: Since 1989 we have been studying normal, healthy brain aging in research participants from Fayette and surrounding counties in central Kentucky. This control group of initially cognitively normal, healthy aged subjects is followed longitudinally, participate in yearly memory testing, and agree to brain donation. They aid in unlocking the mysteries of memory and thinking changes associated with normal healthy brain aging, and play a critical role in helping us understand what goes wrong in the brains of our friends and family members who develop devastating diseases like Alzheimer's and related disorders.
Early Memory and Thinking Decline - Studying physical, neurological, memory and thinking changes in normal elderly participants in the community has helped us better understand normal, age-related changes in memory and thinking. These changes differ from the severe decline seen in Alzheimer's disease. Contributions from this group have also played a major role in helping us understand how to detect early changes that may herald the future development of Alzheimer's and related diseases, years before participants develop disability. These discoveries have allowed us to help many of our participants, by intervening to slow further decline in memory and thinking.
Patients who have transitioned from normal, preclinical Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment, to Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.
About the study: A longitudinal study aimed at finding cures, causes and ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Clinic participants are followed annually with neurological exams, cognitive testing, functional assessments, and offered family support. The clinic is staffed by neurologists, psychometrists, and social workers. For information call Jeff at (859) 257-6507 or Robin at (859) 323-6380.
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Ongoing care is provided free of charge to enrolled participants.* At the UK-Alzheimer's Disease Center we are staffed by neurologists, geriatricians, neuropsychologists, social workers, and other staff to support you and your family. The family support and educational services provided as part of your research participation are free of charge. These are often the most important services we provide to help keep you and your loved ones enjoying the maximal quality of life one can experience, while facing the difficulties experienced as a result of progressive memory and thinking impairment.
If you are an organ donor, or have thought about helping in this way, please consider joining us in our struggle to prevent Alzheimer's disease, and promote normal healthy brain aging for all.
Participation in this program is primarily a contribution to research done for the good of mankind, for our children, and our children's children so that they never know the pain of watching a loved one suffer from Alzheimer's disease. However, our staff physicians and personnel will always be there for you to help with any medical/neurological problems or memory/thinking problems you may have or be at risk for, or develop in the future.
There is no cost to you or your family for any of these activities.*
*Study physician time and expertise will never be billed to you or your insurance company. If additional diagnostic testing is needed to address any medical issues that are not covered in our research study budget, they may be billed to your insurance company, if you agree to the testing. If you have no insurance coverage, treatments provided may need to be paid for directly by you. We will always work within your insurance and prescription plan to minimize any direct costs to you.