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ACTIVE (Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly), 1999-2001 [United States] (ICPSR 4248)
Principal Investigator(s): Tennstedt, Sharon, New England Research Institutes; Morris, John, Hebrew Senior Life-Boston; Unverzagt, Frederick, Indiana University; Rebok, George, Johns Hopkins University; Willis, Sherry, Pennsylvania State University; Ball, Karlene, University of Alabama-Birmingham; Marsiske, Michael, University of Florida
ACTIVE (Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly), 1999-2001 [United States] was a multisite randomized controlled trial conducted at six field sites with New England Research Institutes (NERI) as the coordinating center. The field sites included the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged in Boston, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Florida/Wayne State University (Detroit). The primary aim of the trial was to test the effects of three distinct cognitive interventions -- previously found to be successful in improving elders' performance on basic measures of cognition under laboratory or small-scale field conditions -- on measures of cognitively demanding daily activities. Trainings consisted of an initial series of ten group sessions followed by four-session booster trainings at one and three years. The three cognitive interventions focused on memory, executive reasoning, and speed of processing. The design included a no-contact control group. Participants were assessed at baseline, immediately after training, and annually thereafter. A total of 2,832 older adults were enrolled in the trial, and 2,802 were included in the analytical sample. Twenty-six percent of the participants were African American.
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Tennstedt, Sharon, John Morris, Frederick Unverzagt, George Rebok, Sherry Willis, Karlene Ball, and Michael Marsiske. ACTIVE (Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly), 1999-2001 [United States]. ICPSR04248-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-06-30. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04248.v3
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04248.v3
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging
- United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Nursing Research
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: activities of daily living, aging, aging population, cognitive functioning, cognitive processes, everyday life, independent living, living conditions, mental health, older adults, quality of life
The following is a list of acronyms used in the titles of many of the 34 data parts in this collection:
- AN1 -- 1st Annual Post-Test
- AN2 -- 2nd Annual Post-Test
- AVLT -- Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test
- BL AVLT -- Baseline Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test
- CRT -- Complex Reaction Time
- EPT -- Everyday Problems Test
- HVLT -- Hopkins Verbal Learning Test
- OTDL -- Observed Tasks of Daily Living
- PAN1 -- 1st Annual Post-Test
- PT -- Post-Test
- PT AVLT -- Post-Test Baseline Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test
- Rivermead -- Rivermead Behavioral Memory Test
- UFOV -- Useful Field of Vision
The Rey AVLT used in this data collection is a subset of the full Rey test.
Only a particular subset of the Rivermead Behavioral Memory Test was used for ACTIVE.
The 10th Annual Post-Test of the ACTIVE study is also available from ICPSR (ICPSR 36036). Included in ICPSR 36036 is a newer version of the Analysis Dataset which includes data from the 10th Annual Post-Test as well as data from the previous tests. Users are advised that the ICPSR 36036 version of the Analysis Dataset may include updates to the earlier data and should consider using the newer version of this file for analyses.
Sample: The sample consisted of 2,832 persons aged 65 to 94 recruited from 6 metropolitan areas in the United States. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) recruited participants from residents of Jefferson County, Alabama, who were licensed to drive or who possessed nondriver ID cards issued through the Alabama Department of Public Safety, and they recruited from UAB eye clinics. The Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged (HRCA) in Boston, Massachusetts, recruited from congregate and senior housing sites, senior centers, and a registry of volunteers for aging research at the Harvard Cooperative Program on Aging. Indiana University recruited clients of the Community Centers of Indianapolis and through local churches and senior organizations. Johns Hopkins University recruited from senior centers, churches, senior housing, and senior organizations in the Baltimore, Maryland, metropolitan area and in Cumberland, Maryland. Pennsylvania State University recruited from the enrollment files of a state-funded pharmaceutical assistance program for low-income elders, called PACE. And Wayne State University recruited from community organizations, churches, and senior housing in metropolitan Detroit, as well as from state of Michigan driver registration lists. The study design also included a no-contact control group.
cognitive assessment tests
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
- Performed consistency checks.
- Standardized missing values.
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 2005-10-11
- 2010-06-30 Part 43, Analysis Dataset, has been updated.
- 2009-08-06 This is the update of the previously archived ACTIVE study, Limited Access from Baseline to Second Annual. The current submission is for Third Annual and Fifth Annual assessments. New datasets include: Forms 706a, 706b, 713, 714, 803, 804, 813, and 814. The following datasets have been updated and include Annual 3 and 5 data: Forms 5, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 411, 422, 611a, 611b, 612, 613, 614, 615a, 615b, 616, 617, 619, and 717. The Analysis dataset (analydat) has data from baseline to Annual 5.
- 2008-09-29 New datasets added are Forms 5, 411, 510, 616, 618 and 619. Updated datasets are Forms 2, 4, 700, 705 and 610.
- 2006-05-02 Additional Principal Investigators were added. No other changes were made.
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