The study will last for up to 10 years. The participants will annually provide information about demographics, lifestyles, physical and mental health history and drug use. Additionally, the participants will annually conduct web-based tests that measure brain function, including reasoning capabilities and memory. At the start of the study, participants will also pass DNA through two salvia samples. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to participate in other studies with similar purposes via the PROTECT website.
The goal of the study
By repeating tests that measure brain function once a year over a 10-year period, brain development will be monitored over time. This development, coupled with information on lifestyle and genetics, among other things, will help researchers to answer questions such as:
1) How does our lifestyle, including exercise and sleep, affect the risk of developing dementia;
2) What are the early signs of dementia, and how do they differ from normal aging; and
3) What role do genes play in the aging brain?
By answering these questions, researchers will have a better knowledge base to develop new and better treatment and prevention of dementia.