Researchers at James Cook University in Cairns are seeking people over the age of 50, to take part in a study of their wellbeing, the issues that affect them, and the services that help support them.
“We’re hoping to find 150 people in the 50-plus age bracket to take part in the study,” psychology postgraduate researcher Jordan Noonan said.
“The over-fifties currently represent 28 per cent of the Cairns population, and that’s expected to increase significantly in the coming years, so it’s important to have a clear understanding of their needs,” he said.
People taking part in the study will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the impact of life changes, coping strategies and resilience.
“We’re interested in what issues and circumstances people are dealing with, and what personal or community services might help them,” researcher Elissa Roberts said.
“We hope our findings will help governments and other organisations understand the needs of older residents, contributing to the development of services and programs that foster successful aging and reduced aged care costs.
“Our aim is to contribute to better-informed policy and planning for the wellbeing and mental health of our region’s older residents.”
If you are aged 50 or older (there is no upper limit) and would like to consider taking part, please call 4042 1180 to discuss the project with a member of the research team.
The Cairns study is part of a larger research project, with similar studies being conducted in Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
All information gathered is confidential. Participants will go into the draw for a $100 voucher.
Issued April 29, 2013
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