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Research participants walking and stretching
With so many ways to participate in our research, there's bound to be a study that interests you and suits your needs. Photo: researcher Kristina Kowalski with participants.

Tracking age-related changes in thinking abilities and mood using a smartphone app

Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this study is to investigate if different types of exercise programs, provided free to participants, significantly improve the well-being and health of older adults (aged 65 years or older) currently living in Canada.

Am I eligible to participate?

This study is looking for individuals aged 65 years or older, currently living in Canada and must own a smartphone. Interested participants must not have a diagnosis of: memory impairment, major illness, neurological disease or injury, visual impairment or hand tremor. 

What is required if I choose to participate?

This study entails a brief telephone screening interview to ensure eligibility. Participants will then be asked to download the free MyCogHealth app to their smartphone.

Participants will be asked to complete short questions about daily activities and mood as well as complete various brain games to test memory and attention. These activities will take place each day for 2 weeks at a time, every 3 months for a total of 6 months. The estimated time to complete the daily activities is 10 minutes per day. The total time commitment over the 6 month period is approximately 7 hours. 

Who is conducting this research?

Dr. Scott Hofer will be supervising this study and will be conducted by Jonathan Rush, Lana Ozen, Paul Brewster and Harjot Grewal.

For more details about the study, download the poster or visit mycogdesign@uvic.ca or call 250-472-4303

SCOPE Study

Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this study is to investigate if different types of exercise programs, provided free to participants, significantly improve the well-being and health of older adults (aged 65 years or older) currently living in Canada.

Am I eligible to participate?

This study is looking for individuals aged 65 years or older, currently living in Canada and who are not regularly active and/or spending less than 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week. 

What is required if I choose to participate?

This study entails a brief telephone screening interview to ensure eligibility. Participants will then be randomly assigned to one of three groups: 1) Personal online exercise classes 2) Group online exercise classes, 3) control. 

If you are part of groups 1 and 2 (Personal and Group exercise), you will be asked to complete a minimum of THREE 50-60 minute workouts per week within the program you are assigned to. In addition, you will receive a check-in email with a survey every two weeks.

If you are placed in group 3 (Control group) you will be expected to maintain your regular activity levels and daily routine. You will receive a check-in email with a survey every two weeks. After 12 weeks you will have access to the personal online exercise classes to use as you wish.

Who is conducting this research?

The Principal Investigator is Dr. Mark Beauchamp at the University of British Columbia (mark.beauchamp@ubc.ca). Dr. Ryah Rhodes, Director at the Behavioral Medicine Lab at the University of Victoria, is a co-investigator (rhodes@uvic.ca). 

For more details about the study, download the poster or visit scopetrial2020.ca or call 604-822-9140

Are you interested in participating in a study examining health in older adulthood?

Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this study is to examine how factors such as stress, physical activity, sleep, and other variables are related to thinking and well being.

Am I eligible to participate?

This study is looking for individuals aged 65-75 years to participate in a 2-week long study.

What is required if I choose to participate?

This study entails a brief screening interview and attending 2-3 in person sessions at Uvic's Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health (IALH). Participants will be loaned a mobile phone, Fitbit, and blood pressure device. For 2 weeks, they will be required to complete brief surveys and cognitive activities on the mobile device, wear their Fitbit, and take their own blood pressure twice daily. Parking will be free, and participants will get a $75.00 gift card to thrifty foods for their participation.

Who is conducting this research?

The study is being supervised by Dr. Scott Hofer and conducted by Rebecca Venditelli (ilife01@uvic.ca), both of the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria.

For more details about the study, download the poster or contact  ilife01@uvic.ca or call 250-472-4862.

Victoria Assistive Devices and Coaching Study (VADAC)

Why is this study being done?

The study will evaluate the effectiveness of health coaching and home assistive devices.

Am I eligible to participate?

  • Seniors 65+
  • Living in the Greater Victoria area,
  • Have one or more chronic health conditions, and
  • Have internet access.

 What is required if I choose to participate?

  • Participants will be paired with a Health Coach and will receive a 30-minute weekly telephone call for a period of three months. The Health Coach will provide encouragement, support and teach participants key self-management skill and strategies to effectively manage their health.
  • One group of participants will be able to use assistive devices.

 Who is conducting this research?

The University of Victoria - Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health is conducting this research. The study is conducted by Dr. Scott Hofer and Dr. Patrick McGowan. 

To find more information, please download the VADAC study poster or contact the Health Coach Coordinator, Suzanne at VADAC@uvic.ca

Participate in CanAssist Technology Testing

CanAssist

CanAssist at the University of Victoria is dedicated to helping people with disabilities improve their quality of life, with a focus on promoting independence and inclusion. CanAssist often requires people to test new technology prototypes and provide feedback on their effectiveness. This testing is done on a voluntary basis and there is no cost. In most cases, families testing a technology can continue to use the solution for as long as it continues to be useful.

For technology testing opportunities, please visit the CanAssist website.