UMass Amherst Study on Walking in Older Adults Seeks Volunteers

81- to 85-year-olds needed for groundbreaking research into age-appropriate standards for walking as exercise
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AMHERST, Mass. – Kinesiology researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are seeking men and women between the ages of 81 and 85 to participate in a study that measures physical exertion while walking.

In one four-hour visit to the Physical Activity and Health Laboratory at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, volunteer participants will walk on a treadmill and perform daily life activities such as folding laundry, typing on a computer and watching a movie. They will wear several small devices that measure walking steps and physical activity. Participants will receive a $75 Target gift card for their time.

Study volunteers have the option to participate in an additional component of the study, which includes one week of physical-activity monitoring during usual free-living behavior and a visit to the lab to walk on the treadmill to measure aerobic fitness. Two $50 Target gift cards are offered for these optional parts of the study.

To sign up, or for more information, email or call 413/545-1583.