What is the SCOPE trial?
Our goal is to assess whether exercising with other older adults as part of a socially connected (but physically distanced) exercise program, or a personal exercise program, will significantly improve the well-being and health of older adults (aged 65 years or older) currently living in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who is conducting the SCOPE trial?
The trial is being conducted by Dr. Mark Beauchamp (Director of the Psychology of Exercise, Health, and Physical Activity Lab at the University of British Columbia) and colleagues. The study is funded by a bridge grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
If you decide to join the study:
600 older adults (aged 65 years or older) will be enrolled in the study and will be randomized equally into three groups of 200 as shown below. If you are randomized into one of the two exercise programs, you will be provided with either a group-based exercise program or a personal exercise program. If you are randomized the control group you will receive the personal exercise program after 12 weeks.
Those in the exercise groups will be asked to complete at least three exercise classes/sessions per week, each lasting 50-60 minutes (this is consistent with current physical activity guidelines for Canadian older adults).