Coaching for Cognition in Alzheimer's (COCOA)

If you or someone you know is experiencing a decline in cognitive function due to Alzheimer's disease, you may qualify for a new clinical trial.

What is the Coaching for Cognition in Alzheimer's (COCOA) study?

This is a study looking at the effects on cognitive function of both drug and lifestyle-based treatment. In addition, by collecting extensive data on both genetic and non-genetic factors, the researchers hope to better understand changes in the body that might predict changes in cognitive function. The COCOA study will look at how health coaching on these genetic, clinical and lifestyle factors might improve cognitive and functional abilities as well as your quality of life when added to regular medical care.

What do I have to do if I take part in the COCOA study?

If you agree to participate, you will be followed for two years. During this two-year period, you will be asked to:

  • Have a genetic assessment performed
  • Have your cognitive and functional abilities assessed and complete lifestyle questionnaires up to 6 times
  • Provide blood for measurement of a variety of clinical labs related to wellness and cognition up to 6 times
  • Provide saliva for stress hormone measures and stool samples for a gut microbiome test up to 3 times
  • Receive regular telephone coaching sessions with a health coach to work on lifestyle changes that might impact cognitive function
  • Participate in a specially designed online cognitive training program

You will be randomly assigned to one of two study groups. You have a 50-50 chance of being assigned to either group. Each group will receive personalized laboratory results and recommendations for lifestyle modifications based on these results at different times. There is no cost to you to participate in the study and your insurance company won’t be charged for study-related procedures.

Who can participate in the COCOA study?

You may qualify if you are:

  • Age 50 and older (no age upper limit).
  • Experiencing an early stage cognitive impairment.
  • Experiencing an early stage functional loss.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.

How can I participate in the COCOA study?

Please contact us to learn more and to schedule your first visit.