UC Davis Joins U.S. POINTER Study: Does Healthy Lifestyle Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk?

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The Alzheimer’s Association gave $6 million to the University of California, Davis, to fund its participation in the U.S. POINTER study, a landmark effort to look at whether older adults can fend off deterioration in their memory and thinking by adopting particular lifestyle changes.

The Study

UC Davis will enroll 400 adults ages 60 to 79 to participate in the POINTER study formally called the “U.S. Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce Risk.” It is based on a two-year study of at-risk elderly people in Finland that was called the FINGER study.

In 2014, a large-scale two-year study in Finland in healthy older adults at increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia (the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability, or Finder Study) reported that a two-year combination therapy simultaneously targeting physical exercise, a healthy diet, cognitive stimulation, and self-monitoring of heart health risk had a protective effect on cognitive function. FINGER and U.S. POINTER join other similar efforts around the globe in a worldwide consortium

UC Davis Principal Investigator

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