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ACE-Seniors (Activities for Cognitive Enhancement of Seniors)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Victor W. Henderson, Stanford University Identifier:
First received: March 25, 2010
Last updated: May 28, 2013
Last verified: May 2013

Cognitive aging and cognitive decline are important public health concerns in an aging US population. The investigators will conduct a randomized controlled trail among healthy older adults to assess effects of several innovative activities on remediation of age-related cognitive decline.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Tai Chi
Behavioral: Guided autobiography
Behavioral: Qigong
Behavioral: Successful aging
Behavioral: Combination
Behavioral: Comparison

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: ACE-Seniors (Activities for Cognitive Enhancement of Seniors)

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Further study details as provided by Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Cognitive (executive function and episodic memory) [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Other cognitive measures [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Physical performance and other non-cognitive measures [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Adherence and retention [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 108
Study Start Date: March 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Tai Chi
Tai Chi exercises
Behavioral: Tai Chi
Tai Chi classes and exercises
Experimental: Guided autobiography
Autobiographical writing during class sessions and at home
Behavioral: Guided autobiography
Autobiographical writing in class and at home
Experimental: Qigong
Qigong exercises
Behavioral: Qigong
Qigong classes and exercises
Active Comparator: Successful aging
Seminars on the theme of successful aging
Behavioral: Successful aging
Seminar series on the theme of successful aging
Experimental: Combination
Combination of Tai Chi exercises and autobiographical writing
Behavioral: Combination
Combination of Tai Chi exercises and autobiographical writing
Placebo Comparator: Comparison
No assigned experimental activity
Behavioral: Comparison
No assigned behavioral activity.


Ages Eligible for Study:   70 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 70 years of age or older.
  • No other household member already enrolled.
  • In reasonably good health: no serious cognitive problem; free of any condition that would limit your ability to participate in Tai Chi classes (a moderate intensity exercise), in Qigong exercises, in a writing program, or in a seminar series.
  • Not presently engaged in a regular exercise program; not presently engaged in Tai Chi Qigong or another form of Eastern exercise; and not a regular writer.
  • Not now engaged in research to enhance cognitive skills.
  • Willing to travel to Stanford for ACE-Seniors program classes. Planning to be in the area during most of the coming year;
  • Willing to be assigned randomly (by chance) to one of the ACE-Senior activities.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Failure to meet inclusion criteria.
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01094509

United States, California
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
Principal Investigator: Dr Victor Henderson Stanford University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Victor W. Henderson, Professor, Stanford University Identifier: NCT01094509     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SU-02042010-4903, 17599
Study First Received: March 25, 2010
Last Updated: May 28, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board processed this record on April 17, 2014