At-Home Yoga for Alzheimer Disease

Recruiting · 18+ · All Sexes · Palo Alto, CA

This study is evaluating whether a tablet computer can help individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers.

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About the trial for Alzheimer Disease

Eligible Conditions
Musculoskeletal Pain · Alzheimer Disease · Chronic Pain

Treatment Groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. At-Home Yoga is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Main TreatmentA portion of participants receive this new treatment to see if it outperforms the control.
At-Home Yoga
Control TreatmentAnother portion of participants receive the standard treatment to act as a baseline.


This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There are 10 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Inclusion & Exclusion Checklist
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The person must report having a pain rating of at least 4 out of 10 on a numeric rating scale in order to be eligible for the study. show original
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; If you are taking a psychotropic medication and it has been stable for at least 4 weeks, you are willing to continue taking it during the 12-week study, and you are not pregnant or breastfeeding, you may be eligible to participate in this study. show original
≥ 18 years old
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the accuracy of a new diagnostic test for Alzheimer's disease (AD) in comparison to the current standard test show original
The individual has a mild form of Alzheimer's disease, as evidenced by an MMSE score of 18-25 show original
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Approximate Timelines

Please note that timelines for treatment and screening will vary by patient
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: varies
Reporting: an average of 1 year
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: an average of 1 year
This trial has approximate timelines as follows: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and reporting: an average of 1 year.
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Measurement Requirements

This trial is evaluating whether At-Home Yoga will improve 1 primary outcome and 1 other outcome in patients with Alzheimer Disease. Measurement will happen over the course of immediately after the final treatment session (1 day).

treatment satisfaction: questionnaire
satisfaction of treatment measured by the satisfaction questionnaire
Number of treatment sessions attended

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
P. B.
Peter Bayley, Principal Investigator
Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research

Patient Q & A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

What is alzheimer disease?

Alzheimer disease is associated with many psychiatric symptoms of dementia. More important is the cognitive decline which is the most common symptom in people with Alzheimer Disease as the disease progresses. In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, patients may suffer confusion, disorientation, and memory loss. As the disease progresses, memory loss and problems with learning, language, and thinking may become more obvious. Patients will often complain that they are forgetting things, and will feel that certain things are out of their grasp or that they just cannot seem to think clearly. Other less obvious symptoms such as mood changes, aggression, and changes in the style of thinking occur in approximately 50 to 80% of patients.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the signs of alzheimer disease?

Mild signs of AD include gradual difficulty in remembering people and things when asked. Other mild signs of AD include sudden memory loss and trouble with balance, walking and language. Onset of symptoms generally occurs slowly. Symptoms may vary with whether there is early onset or late onset AD. For early onset AD, signs include trouble chewing, swallowing or talking. For late onset AD the signs include loss of appetite or inability to sleep. Other signs may include trouble counting, changes in behaviour or changes in mood. People with early onset AD may have confusion and changes in thought processes, while people with late onset AD may experience loss of personality, changes in mood and changes in behaviour.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What causes alzheimer disease?

The main risk factor for AD is earlier onset. Other risk factors include age, family history and earlier exposure to dementia. Genetic factors are also important and the APOE4 allele affects risk.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Can alzheimer disease be cured?

With available treatment options, it is not possible to cure Alzheimer disease. However, there are no therapies that cure the disease. Instead, treatment is aimed at controlling the disease and slowing its progression.

Anonymous Patient Answer

How many people get alzheimer disease a year in the United States?

In order of prevalence, the most likely causes of dementia are (a) vascular dementia (2.6% yearly, 63% women), (b) AD (1.4% yearly, 86% women), and (c) other dementias (0.6% yearly, 91% women). Thus, vascular dementia predominates as a cause of dementia among women more than among men.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are common treatments for alzheimer disease?

Despite recent advances in therapy, many people with AD die within two years of diagnosis. Medications are prescribed to nearly all patients, but their long-term use is not often supported by expert consensus. Most caregivers choose medication as a treatment option but many choose behavioral or psychosocial interventions.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is at-home yoga?

Preliminary findings support the use of HY for lowering stress, boosting self-efficacy and self-esteem, facilitating relaxation and improving sleep. Although further studies are needed to establish the efficacy of HY and its contribution to a healthy life, it is proposed as a viable option in the daily life of elderly people.

Anonymous Patient Answer

How serious can alzheimer disease be?

Recent findings of dementia patients residing in a region of southern Ohio, the severity of dementia had an inverse relationship with total formal care resources. The findings demonstrate that the clinical severity of alzheimer disease is associated with resource requirements. This suggests that early identification of dementia, as well as subsequent intensive care of patients, may decrease costs to the health system and improve the prognosis for patients with late-stage Alzheimer disease.

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Who should consider clinical trials for alzheimer disease?

Trials for patients with AD should consider parameters such as age and education level, as well as the patient's current and past treatment history, and medical histories such as comorbidities. To improve outcomes, clinical trials for AD should be undertaken at specialist centers with experience in clinical trials in elderly people. Trials should exclude patients with vascular risk factors and include patients with previous or current treatment with the drugs prescribed for AD.

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What are the common side effects of at-home yoga?

Compared with the control group, the group with yoga showed higher scores in self-reported headaches, insomnia, dizziness, and fatigue, and worse scores in heart rate and blood pressure.

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Has at-home yoga proven to be more effective than a placebo?

[Yoga] may be a reasonable complementary intervention for people with cognitive impairment and may alleviate some of the perceived health consequences of not performing physical exercise. Given that the effect was restricted to the group that performed yoga, the benefits of yoga may have been related to other features of yoga such as mindfulness and mood.

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What is the primary cause of alzheimer disease?

The causal pathophysiological mechanisms that underpin late-onset progressive cerebral amyloid angiopathy-related cognitive and behavioural deficits are not fully understood. These mechanisms may include Alzheimer-related amyloid pathology, vascular pathology, and neuroinflammation. The risk factors that drive late-onset progressive cerebrovascular amyloidosis are not clearly understood but likely to include genetic and lifestyle factors. These risks may include cerebral amyloid angiopathy-related genetic and/or environmental factors.

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