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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.

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.

Digital Technologies to Support Living with COPD

Why is this study being done?

This study will explore how people with COPD may be using online technologies to support their social connections and health. 

Am I eligible to participate?

If you are living with COPD and have used online technologies, we would like to connect with you. It does not matter what your level of experience is in using these technologies. It may be that you have just recently started using them, or that you have tried but no longer use them, or have been using them for quite some time.

What is required if I choose to participate?

  • Complete a survey 15-20 minutes in length.
  • The survey can either be done online, or mailed to you.

Who is conducting this research?

This study is conducted by Marcy Antonio, PhD Student, University of Victoria

For more details about the study, download the poster or contact Marcy Antonio by Phone: 778-533-2232 or email at mantonio@uvic.ca

Have you recently retired or had your last child leave home? Join a physical activity study!

Why is this study being done?

We recognize that, for many, making the change to increase activity in their daily routine represents a significant challenge. This study aims to examine the impact of one potential cost-effective and accessible intervention online. We hope to determine whether our online platform serves as a practical strategy for facilitating an exercise identity. 

 Am I eligible to participate?

  • You have recently (within 6 months) had their last child move out of the familial home, OR you have recently (within 6 months) retired.
  • You are currently taking part in less than 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week.

What is required if I choose to participate?

  • This is a self-guided, 10 week program that you will complete on your own time, in any location that has internet access.
  • Once you have completed the 10 week program, you will fill out a follow-up questionnaire, and be invited to participate in an exit interview. 

 Who is conducting this research?

This study is being conducted by the Behavioural Medicine Lab at the University of Victoria.

If you are interested in participating or if you have any questions, please download the poster or contact the Behavioural Medicine Lab at 250-472-5288 or amygc@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.

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