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Sensory Enrichment for Older Adults

2019-04-17 12:55:22 | BioPortfolio

Summary

This study evaluates the efficacy of multi-odorant enrichment on cognitive skills, olfactory function, and quality of life.

Description

The purpose of this study is to explore sensory stimulation as a potential means of enhancing cognitive abilities. In mice, multi-odorant enrichment has been shown to increase neurogenesis in a critical memory pathway and thereby improve memory. In this clinical study, we will determine if a nightly sensory enrichment regimen using scents for 6 months can improve cognitive skills, as measured using a series of cognitive assessments and brain imaging in older adults. We also will determine if mood/mental state of mind or olfactory functioning improve following scent stimulation.

This study will enroll approximately 200 participants. Of the 200 participants in the study, 50 individuals, who are interested in participating, will have a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scan at the beginning and end of the study, which will be used to examine changes in the brain.

Participants will undergo cognitive assessments, computerized cognitive assessments, and olfactory function assessments. They will be randomly assigned to either an experimental or an active control group, and will be exposed to either a higher or lower concentration of essential oils nightly using a nebulizing fragrance diffuser, rotating through seven different scents, one per night. The exposures will continue for 6 months, after which the participants will return and undergo the same assessments conducted at the beginning of the study.

Study Design

Conditions

Cognitive Function

Intervention

olfactory enrichment (essential oils)

Location

University of California Irvine
Irvine
California
United States
92697

Status

Recruiting

Source

University of California, Irvine

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-04-17T12:55:22-0400

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