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The Motion Picture Television Fund has received a 10-year commitment from the Directors Guild Foundation to support a research program into  cognitive health and wellness programs.

The program is launching with a two-year study to assess whether the cognitive benefits of combining memory training with physical exercise programs delays the onset of Alzheimer’s dementia symptoms. MPTF will partner with the UCLA Longevity Center on that phase of the research.

“The Directors Guild Foundation is proud to be a longstanding supporter of MPTF and its programs to enhance the wellbeing of the entertainment community,” said Donald Petrie, Chairman of the Directors Guild Foundation.

“Recent scientific evidence indicates that lifestyle habits such as physical and mental exercise reduce Alzheimer’s risk and may forestall symptom onset,” said Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center. “We hope that this study will provide us with a greater insight into these factors.”

Over 140 entertainment industry member “volunteers” will be recruited into the program at The Saban Center for Health & Wellness on MPTF’s Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills.