The Baltimore Experience Corps Study
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.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Experience Corps Trial: Improving Health of Older Populations Through Generativity|
- Decreased disability in mobility and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) [ Time Frame: Measured in 4 month intevals from baseline to 24 month ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Walking speed, chair stands, questionnaires related to mobility and activities
- Decreased falls [ Time Frame: Measured in 4 month intervals from baseline to 24 month ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- decreased rate of decline in memory [ Time Frame: Measured in 4 month intervals from baseline to 24 month ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- 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 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||July 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
High intensity volunteering (15 hours a week or greater) in Baltimore City Schools with children in grades K-3
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.
No Intervention: Control
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.
|United States, Maryland|
|Center on Aging and Health|
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21205|
|Principal Investigator:||George Rebok, PhD||Johns Hopkins University|