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S.A.Y. Exercise Study

Stretching, Aerobic and Yoga Exercise

Principal Investigator: Dr. Neha P. Gothe
Director, Exercise Psychology Lab

About the study

The S.A.Y. Exercise study is funded by the National Institute of Aging (NIA), whose mission is to promote research focused on healthy aging and well-being for the ever increasing population of older adults. Age is one of the biggest risk factors for cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's. Fortunately, exercise is a successful method to improve brain and cognitive health later in life.
The purpose of our study is to examine how 6 months of either yoga, stretching-toning or aerobic exercise will affect the cognitive and physical health of older adults. Additionally we are interested in observing how these effects are maintained over a year.


  • 55-79 years of age
  • No past or current diagnosis of cognitive impairment
  • Low active ( ≤ 2 days of 30 minutes of structured exercise/week)
  • Absence of health conditions that may be exacerbated by exercise
  • No MRI contraindications
  • Right-handed
  • Intention to remain in C-U area over duration of study period
  • Willing to be randomized into one exercise group
  • No joint pain or recent surgery for back, shoulder, knee or hands, sciatica or other peripheral nerve damage

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