In 2016, 30 people over the age of 50 volunteered to become community researchers on a project funded by the Life Changes Trust and being undertaken in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling and Age Scotland.
Community researchers, University of Stirling researchers and Age Scotland have worked collaboratively and equally to explore what makes a good life in later years. To date we have collected visual representations of a good life in later years and have conducted 12 focus groups across Scotland. In the final stage of the project we would like to gather the views of many more people in Scotland who are aged over 50 years.
We would like to hear your view on quality of life in later years and invite you to help us by completing a questionnaire. If you agree to take part, you will have the choice of a shorter questionnaire (which will take 5-10 minutes to complete) or a longer questionnaire (which will take 35-45 minutes to complete). The shorter questionnaire will help us understand how satisfied you are with life at the moment. The longer questionnaire will help us to understand how satisfied you are with life at the moment but will also help us gain a more detailed understanding of what is important to you in terms of a good quality of life in later years.
It is up to you which version you complete. We ask that you complete only one of the questionnaires and not both. Completion of either questionnaire is voluntary and it is your choice whether or not you wish to take part. If you do choose to complete either questionnaire, you can do this all at once or you will be able to stop the questionnaire at any point and return to it later if you wanted to. You can complete as many or as few questions as you like.
By completing either part or all of the questionnaire you are agreeing to give us permission to include your answers to the questions in our research and agree with the information being treated in the following way. Your answers to the questionnaire will be stored collectively with the answers given by others. You will not be identifiable from your answers and will not be contacted again after taking part. It is possible that the anonymous collective information gathered may be used in future research by the University of Stirling or other researchers. The anonymous collective information may also be used by the Life Changes Trust, Age Scotland, or individuals/organisations working on behalf of Age Scotland and the Life Changes Trust to support their activities in the future.
We anticipate that the findings of the research will be available in Autumn 2017 and whilst we cannot guarantee it, we hope that the findings from this project can help to inform future policies and practices for older people in Scotland.
As we will not be able to identify you from the questionnaire, we can not automatically inform you of when and how you are able to see the findings from the research. If you would like to see a copy of the findings when these are available, please send your name and contact details to:
Dr Corinne Greasley-Adams, Faculty of Social Sciences, Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling FK9 4LA.
You can also use these details to ask any questions you may have before deciding whether or not to take part in the survey.
If you would prefer a paper copy of either the shorter or longer questionnaire, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Age Scotland’s Policy Team 0333 32 32 400.
If you have received the paper copy of the questionnaires and would like to complete these electronically please visit:
Thank you for your interest in our project