Purpose of this study:

The primary purpose is to consider how social support plays a role in the everyday life of older adults including the impact on their health behaviours and goals set together with a study partner like a spouse, a friend, an adult child, or another social tie.

Who can take part? 

  • People aged 60 or older who live in BC plus a study partner (above the age of 18).

What’s involved? 

  • You will be asked to approach a person you feel close to, who you interact with on a regular basis, who cares about your health, who lives close by and who you can turn to for support. They can be any age above 18.
  • Schedule two virtual appointment or online conference call on Zoom with our research assistants (one to start and the other to end).
  • Complete 90-150 minute self paced online survey.
  • Complete brief 5 to 20 minute morning and evening surveys for a period of ten days.
  • Complete a blood draw at a Lifelab of your choice.

In total, the study takes approximately 10 hours.

What’s in it for you?

  • Each partner can choose to receive a gift card or receive a physical activity tracker.
  • A personalized health feedback letter is provided to each participant.

Please email allies@psych.ubc.ca or call us at (604) 822-3549 if you have any questions.