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Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Older people form an increasingly large group within our society. Living longer brings a greater risk of physical and mental decline and loneliness, and a greater need for care and support. There is also a greater risk of developing age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Because of this, we urgently need to find ways of promoting good health in later life, and preventing, delaying or reducing the impact of age-related disability. This is essential if older people are to enjoy a good quality of life and remain independent for as long as possible. Lifestyle choices appear to influence well-being in old age. People who engage in plenty of mental, physical and social activity tend to have better well-being and remain independent for longer. Unfortunately, many older people are mentally and physically under-active and socially isolated. This suggests that we need to encourage lasting behaviour change. People are more likely to alter their behaviour if they have support from others and access to facilities and resources.

Who can participate?
All indioviduals aged over 50 and attending the AgeWell centre

What does the study involve?
Those who agree to take part will be allocated randomly to have one of three types of interview. One will involve a general chat about the centre. The second will focus on goal-setting, working with the person to identify up to five areas where they would like to make changes and devising a plan to achieve these goals. The third will be similar to the second but participants will also receive a mentoring phone call every two months. After a year, we will find out how much the three groups have increased their levels of mental and physical activity, and compare the effects of the different types of interview.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Participants will receive a health check and individualised health advice, and will have the opportunity to talk about how to get the most out of taking part in the Centre. By taking part people will be contributing to a research project which has made it possible to open the AgeWell Centre in Nefyn, and participation will help us to understand more about how to improve well-being for other over 50s in the future.
We do not think there are any risks associated with taking part. Once the study has been completed we will provide everyone who took part with information about the findings. The findings will be used to inform policy makers and service providers about ways of improving well-being in later life. They will also provide a basis for developing a larger study in which we will follow up the participants for a number of years to find out whether changes in behaviour result in greater well-being and help to reduce the impact of age-related disability and disease.

Where is the study run from?
Resource centre for over 50s in Nefyn, North Wales

When is study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
The study will commenced in November 2011 and we expect to complete the study towards the end of 2013

Who is funding the study?
This research study is being undertaken as a partnership between Bangor University and Age Concern Gwynedd a Môn, and is funded by the Medical Research Council as part of the Life-long Health and Well-being initiative.

Who is the main contact?
Professor Linda Clare

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Prof Linda Clare


Contact details

Bangor University
School of Psychology
Adeilad Brigantia
LL57 2AS
United Kingdom

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number number

Protocol/serial number


Study information

Scientific title

Behaviour change to promote health and well-being in later life: a goal-setting intervention


Study hypothesis

This study will provide information about the feasibility of a community-based lifestyle intervention model for over 50s and of the implementation of a goal-setting intervention for behaviour change, together with initial evidence about the short-term effects of goal setting on behaviour.

Ethics approval

North Wales Research Ethics Committee, 1 August 2011, ref: 11/WA/0219

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design


Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting


Trial type

Quality of life

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please contact to request a patient information sheet


Healthy ageing


A randomised controlled trial of a goal-setting intervention to promote behaviour change in both physical activity and cognitive activity in the context of a community resource centre for over 50s.

Group 1 - (control) will have a general discussion about the facilities and activities available
Group 2 - (goal-setting) will have a structured goal-setting interview
Group 3 - (goal-setting with mentoring) will receive the same interview as Group 2 plus a follow up mentoring by telephone

Intervention type



Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

1. Extent of participation in cognitive activities: Florida Cognitive Activities Scale
2. Extent of participation in physical activity: Physical Activities Scale for the Elderly

For groups 2 and 3, changes in goal performance and satisfaction ratings, and the extent of goal attainment, will be assessed

Secondary outcome measures

Assessing the effects of intervention on cognitive, physical, social and psychological functioning, health and quality of life

Overall trial start date


Overall trial end date


Reason abandoned


Participant inclusion criteria

1. All individuals aged over 50 years of age
2. Resident in the local community
3. Attending the AgeWell centre

Participant type


Age group




Target number of participants

75 individuals (target n=25 per condition)

Participant exclusion criteria

Does not meet inclusion criteria

Recruitment start date


Recruitment end date



Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Bangor University
LL57 2AS
United Kingdom

Sponsor information


Bangor University (UK)

Sponsor details

School of Psychology
Adeilad Brigantia
Penrallt Road
LL57 2AS
United Kingdom

Sponsor type




Funder type

Research council

Funder name

Medical Research Council (MRC) (UK) ref: G1001888/1

Alternative name(s)


Funding Body Type

private sector organisation

Funding Body Subtype

other non-profit


United Kingdom

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2012 protocol in:
2015 results in:

Publication citations

  1. Protocol

    Clare L, Hindle JV, Jones IR, Thom JM, Nelis SM, Hounsome B, Whitaker CJ, The AgeWell study of behavior change to promote health and wellbeing in later life: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial., Trials, 2012, 13, 115, doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-13-115.

  2. Results

    Clare L, Nelis SM, Jones IR, Hindle JV, Thom JM, Nixon JA, Cooney J, Jones CL, Tudor Edwards R, Whitaker CJ, The Agewell trial: a pilot randomised controlled trial of a behaviour change intervention to promote healthy ageing and reduce risk of dementia in later life., BMC Psychiatry, 2015, 15, 1, 402, doi: 10.1186/s12888-015-0402-4.

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Editorial Notes