Memory and Aging Project (UM-MAP)
The University of Michigan Memory and Aging Project (UM-MAP) is the primary memory and aging study at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC). The purpose of this study is to recruit and follow a large number of older adults with and without memory changes to help researchers learn more about normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease. A team of health professionals, including a neurologist, nurse consultant and social worker, monitor participants’ medical status, behavior and general cognitive functioning over time to learn how changes in Alzheimer’s disease affects people. Participants in this study engage in annual visits which include; a physical exam, a neurological exam, history and symptom survey as well as tests of memory and thinking. UM-MAP is an observational study and no drugs or experimental treatments are used. Another important function of UMMAP is to enhance the recruitment registry for other MADC supported studies such as clinical drug trials.
The UM Detroit Center continues to play a valuable part in study recruitment in the urban environment. MADC presence in Detroit has also served to strengthen and enhance relations with our Detroit area partners such as Wayne State University and its Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR).