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Research Centre DCRC Early Diagnosis and Prevention
Partner Institution UoM
Project Description

In an innovative approach we propose in this feasibility study to combine a home-based PA program (with a target of 150 PA per week) with a program to reduce sitting time (ST) in 30 vulnerable older adults, aged 65-85 years, who experience two major risk factors for cognitive decline (insufficiently active and at risk of diabetes or with T2DM). The program to reduce ST will build on a previous 2-week acute intervention (Stand Up For Your Health) in older adults that employed various strategies to reduce sitting time.

The aim of this pilot study is to investigate whether the participants can adhere successfully to such a combined 12-week intervention and how the adherence compares to a control intervention of PA without the program to reduce ST.

Participants will be randomised to either ST-PA or CO-PA. They will receive a thorough clinical, cognitive and physical assessment at baseline, which will be repeated after 12 weeks at the end of the intervention. Primary outcome is adherence which will be calculated as the number of minutes of moderate PA completed and the ST relative to the prescribed program. Secondary outcomes include cognition, physical fitness, device-measured PA and ST, quality of life and mood.

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