The Rhythm and Timing Exercises for Cerebrovascular Disease in Older American Indians study is in its final project year. The study has about 75% of its required research cohort, and recruitment should finish this year. In April, Principal Investigator Lonnie Nelson and Research Coordinator Trevor Slaney will visit one of the research sites to discuss the importance of research in collaboration with Native communities and explain how the study engages the community.
American Indians have a high incidence of cerebrovascular disease, which affects cognition, attention, memory, and other aspects of brain function. Therefore, substantial numbers of Native elders can benefit from treatment to improve brain function. This intervention study uses Interactive Metronome (IM) therapy to treat Native elders with cerebrovascular disease. IM is a computer-based system that uses a steady beat to recondition the brain and improve cognitive and motor function. Our planned study sample consists of 180 American Indians aged 68 to 80 years. We will test the effects of IM on cognitive function and health-related quality of life in this group of Native elders.