IMOVE: Movement intervention for people with early-stage memory loss and their carepartners”

What we are studying

Research shows that quality of life can change for people and their families after a diagnosis of memory loss. Research also suggests that participating in the arts may help improve quality of life. However, our understanding of how the arts change the body or mind to improve quality of life is limited. Results from a previous study completed here suggested that the movement and social interactions in an improvisational movement class had separate effects on the body and mind that improved quality of life in people with early-stage memory loss. The study we are asking you to participate in is designed to better understand how improvisational movement and social interactions affect the bodies and minds of people with early-stage memory loss and their care partners.

Who is Eligible

  • All Genders
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 60 - 85

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must have a family member or carepartner willing to attend all visits with you
  • Able to have an MRI
  • Never had a stroke
  • Must be experiencing memory loss
  • Must be able to attend classes twice a week for 12 weeks
  • English-Speaking

What is involved

  • Telephone screening
  • 5 study visits
  • 2 blood draws
  • 2 MRI scans
  • Questionnaires
  • And physical function assessments


You will receive one $25 gift card upon completion of Visits 1, 4, and 5 and a $50 gift card upon completion of Visits 2 and 3 to thank you for your time and effort volunteering for the study (a total of up to $175 over 5 visits).

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Phyllis Babcock
Principal Investigator
Christina Hugenschmidt

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.