West Cook YMCA


U.S. Pointer study


The West Cook YMCA is honored to partner with Rush University Medical Center in delivering the U.S. POINTER Study, a new, never-been-done-before national study to protect brain health through lifestyle intervention. This collaboration between Rush, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the West Cook YMCA will test whether a multi-domain lifestyle intervention can protect brain health and prevent cognitive decline in older adults who are at an increased risk for developing dementia.

The U.S POINTER Study is intended to provide an exercise option for participants enrolled in the structured lifestyle intervention cohort of the study. The interventions included in this cohort are physical exercise, nutritional counseling and modification, cognitive and social stimulation, and improved self-monitoring and management of medical conditions that increase risk for cognitive decline.

Participants in the U.S. POINTER Study will receive a two-year membership to the West Cook YMCA at no cost to them. They will have full access to all the programs, services, and amenities that the Y has to offer. Our staff will share research data with the POINTER Study intervention team to help ensure that participants are satisfying the study’s protocol requirements.

We are pleased to be a partner in this important research collaboration and help further the work being done in our community and across the country to reduce risk and improve health outcomes for older adults.

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