Exercise, Brain Imaging, Cognition, and Gait in Parkinsonism
The purposes of this study are: 1. to better understand how Parkinson disease and parkinsonism affects balance, walking, cognition and brain connections and 2. to investigate how exercise and education might help improve quality of life.
We will be studying people with Parkinson's disease and people with vascular parkinsonism (i.e., short steps, unsteadiness and difficulty lifting feet off the floor).
Healthy people or people with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease or "lower-body" / vascular parkinsonism, between the ages of 50 -90 yrs. Subjects must be in good general health with no vestibular (inner ear) impairment or orthopedic problems. Subjects must be able to stand and walk unassisted for 1 minute at a time. Subjects must be free of metal implants, including pacemakers, aneurysm clips, pins.
Healthy Volunteers Needed
Subjects involved in exercise and education intervention will receive both interventions during the study.
Duration of Participation
For subjects participating in Exercise and Education intervention participation will be for 12 weeks of intervention and also 2 days of testing before, half way through and after intervention (so spanning a total of 15 weeks).
For subjects only participating in the gait, cognition, imaging testing, participation will last for 2 days.
Balance Disorders Laboratory
503-418-2601 or firstname.lastname@example.org
National Institutes of Health and the Medical Research Foundation
Subjects will receive $25 for each gait and cognitive test session, $25 for each MRI test. For those participating in the Exercise and Education intervention, subjects will receive a $5 for attending each exercise/education classes (for a total of $270, if attend all sessions).