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The Baltimore Experience Corps Study

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00380562
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 26, 2006
Last Update Posted : September 19, 2013
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Retirement Research Foundation
Abell Foundation
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Goldseker Foundation
The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
George W. Rebok, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE September 25, 2006
First Posted Date  ICMJE September 26, 2006
Last Update Posted Date September 19, 2013
Study Start Date  ICMJE July 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date December 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 18, 2013)
Decreased disability in mobility and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) [ Time Frame: Measured in 4 month intevals from baseline to 24 month ]
Walking speed, chair stands, questionnaires related to mobility and activities
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 25, 2006)
Decreased disability in mobility and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL)
Change History
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 18, 2013)
  • Decreased falls [ Time Frame: Measured in 4 month intervals from baseline to 24 month ]
  • decreased rate of decline in memory [ Time Frame: Measured in 4 month intervals from baseline to 24 month ]
  • increased, preserved or slowed decline in strength, balance, walking speed, frailty, timed "get up and go", cortical plasticity and executive function and speed and accuracy in objective IADL task performance [ Time Frame: Measured in 4 month intervals from baseline to 24 months ]
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 25, 2006)
  • Decreased falls
  • decreased rate of decline in memory
  • increased, preserved or slowed decline in strength, balance, walking speed, frailty, timed "get up and go", cortical plasticity and executive function and speed and accuracy in objective IADL task performance
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
 
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE The Baltimore Experience Corps Study
Official Title  ICMJE Experience Corps Trial: Improving Health of Older Populations Through Generativity
Brief Summary The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of the Experience Corps program in preventing or delaying physical disability in older adults, by studying the effects of volunteerism on physical, social and cognitive well-being.
Detailed Description

The Baltimore Experience Corps Study is a randomized, controlled, community-based trial of the effectiveness of Experience Corps (EC) to determine if participation for adults 60 years and older, over two years of follow-up, results in better outcomes in the EC versus control arm in terms of mobility, strength, balance, and cognitive functioning.

The Experience Corps is a community-based model for health promotion for older adults embedded within a social engagement program. The program places older adult volunteers in meaningful roles in public elementary schools, bringing the time, experience, and wisdom of older adults to bear in improving academic and behavioral outcomes of children. The Experience Corps incorporates health promotion preventing disability and dependency associated with aging, into new, generative roles for older adults.

This program was initially designed by Dr. Linda Fried of this application, along with Marc Freedman of Civic Ventures, Inc. It has gone through two national demonstrations, neither of which evaluated the impact on older adults.

Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Not Applicable
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE
  • Aging
  • Generativity
Intervention  ICMJE Behavioral: Experience Corps
High intensity volunteering (15 hours a week or more) over a two year time period working with children in grades K-3 in Baltimore City Schools. Controls are assigned to usual activities for two years and then offered opportunity to volunteer with children at the end of two year.
Study Arms  ICMJE
  • Experimental: Volunteer
    High intensity volunteering (15 hours a week or greater) in Baltimore City Schools with children in grades K-3
    Intervention: Behavioral: Experience Corps
  • No Intervention: Control
    Usual activities
Publications *

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Completed
Actual Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 18, 2013)
702
Original Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 25, 2006)
1046
Actual Study Completion Date  ICMJE December 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date December 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 60 years or older
  • Agree to commit to at least 1 year of participation in the EC and to participate at least 15 hours per week for the full school year, if randomized to the intervention group
  • Meet minimum criteria for cognitive functioning necessary to function successfully in a school setting
  • Functionally literate, using a nationally recognized and standardized evaluation which provides grade level equivalency in reading and spelling
  • Ability to travel to the schools, if randomized to the intervention group
  • Agree to accept randomization and to participate in evaluations
  • Clearance on the Baltimore city public school's criminal background check, if randomized to intervention group
  • Complete training, if randomized to intervention group

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Under 60 years of age
Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 60 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE Yes
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE United States
Removed Location Countries  
 
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT00380562
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE AG0069
P01AG027735 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Has Data Monitoring Committee Yes
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Responsible Party George W. Rebok, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Study Sponsor  ICMJE Johns Hopkins University
Collaborators  ICMJE
  • Retirement Research Foundation
  • Abell Foundation
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • Goldseker Foundation
  • The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.
Investigators  ICMJE
Principal Investigator: George Rebok, PhD Johns Hopkins University
PRS Account Johns Hopkins University
Verification Date September 2013

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