Individualized counselling for active aging : protocol of a single-blinded, randomized controlled trial among older people (the AGNES intervention study)
Rantanen, T., Pynnönen, K., Saajanaho, M., Siltanen, S., Karavirta, L., Kokko, K., Karvonen, A., Kauppinen, M., Rantalainen, T., Rantakokko, M., Portegijs, E., & Hassandra, M. (2019). Individualized counselling for active aging : protocol of a single-blinded, randomized controlled trial among older people (the AGNES intervention study). BMC Geriatrics, 19, 5. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-018-1012-z
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Background: Active aging has been established as a policy goal for aging societies. We define active aging at the individual level as striving for elements of well-being through activities in relation to a person’s goals, functional capacities and opportunities. Increasing evidence suggests that any meaningful activity is beneficial for different aspects of well-being in older people. The aim of the present randomized controlled trial is to test the feasibility and effectiveness of a one-year community-based intervention on active aging. The AGNES intervention aims at increasing older peoples’ participation in self-selected valued activities. Methods: The proposed study is a two-arm single-blinded randomized controlled trial. The intervention group receives individually tailored counselling for an active life (one face-to-face session, four phone calls and supportive written material) and the control group written general health information only. Two hundred older adults aged 75- and 80- year old, with intermediate mobility function and without cognitive impairment, living independently in the municipality of Jyväskylä, Finland, are recruited and randomized with a 1:1 allocation to the intervention and control group. Randomization is computer-generated stratified by sex and age. The primary outcome is active aging and secondary outcomes are well-being, depressive symptoms, quality of life, personal goals, mobility and physical activity. Measures are administered at pre-trial, mid-trial (at 6 months) and post-trial (12 months after baseline). Discussion: The AGNES intervention study will provide new knowledge on the effects of individualized counselling on active aging and the potential of older people to promote their own well-being. Trial registration: The trial is registered at ISRCTN - ISRCTN16172390: Promoting well-being through active aging. ...
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Additional information about fundingThe AGNES project is financially supported by the European Research Council (grant number 693045 to [TaR]). The funding agency has no role in the study design or execution of the study and will have no role in the analyses or interpretation of the data, or decision to submit results.
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