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The Rhythm Experience and Africana Culture Trial (REACT!)

The Rhythm Experience and Africana Culture Trial (REACT!) is an Alzheimer’s Association-funded research study being conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh). This research study will compare two activities, African Dance and an Education/Discussion group, which might be beneficial for older African Americans (ages 60-80). The study will examine whether brain health, fitness levels or quality of life improve as a result of participating in these activities three times per week for six months.

You will be compensated $60 for completing the pre-tests prior to starting the activities and $90 for completing the post-tests at the end of the study.

FAQ:

Study title?
The Rhythm Experience and Africana Culture Trial (REACT!)

Funding? 
Alzheimer’s Association

Who is being recruited?
African Americans between 60-80 years old.

Purpose:
To explore whether African dance or Education classes improve brain health or quality of life for older African Americans between 60-80 years old.

What does the study involve?
Participants will be randomly assigned to take classes in either African dance or Africana culture and education. All classes will be about 1 hour long and will occur 3 days per week for a total of 6 months. At the beginning and end of the study, participants will perform a walking test, complete memory tasks, and fill out surveys about their health and mood.

I’m interested in participating. How do I sign up?
First, you have to talk with the researchers so they can do a phone interview to determine if you are eligible. Generally, to be eligible for the study, you have to be able to get to the Universities and facilities where the study activities take place. In order to make sure it is safe for you to participate, the researcher will also ask questions about your health, such as injuries you’ve had or how much pain or discomfort you have during certain activities.

What is compensation?
Subjects will be compensated $60 for completing the tests before beginning the classes and $90 for completing them again at the end of the study. For the study to be as successful as possible, it is important that participants try to attend all classes. 

Contact:

Mariegold Wollam, Pittsburgh Project Coordinator
412-302-6679

Dara Meekins, Philadelphia Project Coordinator
215-573-8153

Read the full REACT! Study publication here


This study is being conducted with collaborative efforts from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh.