Cog Step

A 12-week home based exercise and psychoeducation program for people with early Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Do you have early stage Alzheimer's disease?
  • Are you aged over 60-years and not exercising regularly?
  • Would you and a carer or family member be willing to complete a 12-week home-based exercise program and attend the Brain and Mind Centre weekly for two hours of education/workshop activities?

You are invited to participate in a study aiming to improve mood, memory, sleep, metabolic health and quality of life as well as fitness, muscle strength and balance in older adults with early stage Alzheimer's disease.

In order to participate, you will need to:

  • Attend the Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic at the Brain and Mind Centre, Camperdown where you will undergo a medical assessment, an assessment of memory and other thinking functions and a blood test; as well as assessment of sleep, physical activity, cardiovascular, muscle strength and fitness.
  • Complete the individually prescribed home-based exercise program and attend the group-based psychoeducation program at Camperdown, once a week for 12-weeks (two hours per session). A series of expert researchers, doctors and clinicians will provide you with information regarding a range of topics associated with healthy brain ageing and teach you strategies to implement changes to your everyday life.
  • Undergo repeat medical, neuropsychological, blood, sleep, physical activity, cardiovascular, muscle strength and fitness assessments immediately following the intervention period (~Week 12) and after an additional 8 weeks (~Week 20).

This research is being conducted by Dr Shantel Duffy at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please call Dr Duffy on 8627 1807 or email