The Program for Active Aging and Community Engagement (PACE)

What we are studying

PACE is a study that will examine how different programs help older adults to improve their healthy behaviors. The study is a year-long program comparing a healthy aging group to a group enrolled in an exercise program. Volunteers will be randomly placed into one of the two groups: an exercise group or a healthy aging group. The exercise group will receive a year -long membership to the YMCA and weekly classes with exercise leaders. The healthy aging group will participate in weekly lectures on healthy lifestyle changes, and will receive a free membership to the YMCA upon completion of the study.

Who we are studying

  • Men and Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 55 - 80

Eligibility Criteria

  • Age 55 to 80
  • Exercising less than 90 minutes each week
  • Residence within 20 miles of William G White YMCA
  • Able to provide transportation to site
  • No time or work conflicts during exercise sessions
  • Will remain in the area for the duration of the study.

What is involved

  • Screening visits: 1 prescreen visit
  • 2 screening visits
  • And 3 additional testing visits. Screening visits: 1 prescreen visit
  • 2 screening visits
  • And 3 additional testing visits. The Exercise Group: participation in monthly exercise sessions (schedule varies each month) and Healthy Aging Group: participation in weekly lectures for approximately one hour (schedule varies each month)



Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Carol Massa-Fanale

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.