Investigating thinking and memory in older adults

Project Plan

My name is India Kelsall-Foreman and I started my PhD in Psychology here at UWA last year. I work within a longitudinal research study called the Healthy Ageing Research Program (HARP).

Our goal within HARP is to investigate age-related changes (such as thinking and memory skills) in healthy older adults.

Our hope is that we can use this research to better understand the ageing process, to find ways to help older adults maintain their independence for longer, and to help improve quality of life.

Each questionnaire and phone call you complete will help us to examine a number of relationships between different factors, such as between thinking and memory skills, hearing and vision ability, and overall well-being.

This will allow us to increase our understanding of the ageing process and the variety of factors that may influence how people live their day-to-day lives and how they feel about their quality of life.

The proportion of older adults is increasing not only within Australia, but all around the world; it is estimated that the number of people aged over 65 will triple globally by 2050.

Therefore, there is a growing need to examine potential factors that may influence the independence and quality of life of older adults within the community.

Your Support

We need your help because we want to examine a wide range of factors—such as thinking and memory skills, hearing, vision, and health—in a wide range of people who are aged 50+ years old!

There are two parts to this study:

  • The first part involves completing a series of questionnaires, which you can complete either online, or in paper form – these questionnaires generally take about 1 hour.
  • The second part involves a brief telephone call in which we will ask you some questions about your thinking and memory skills – this phone call generally takes about 15 minutes. You have the option to do as much or as little as you’d like, but we’d be very grateful if you can do both parts.

All individuals who participate will need to provide consent. We have an information sheet that participants are presented with at the beginning of the study (either online via Qualtrics, or in paper form via post), and this outlines the aims and requirements of the study. This information sheet also outlines that participant’s completion and return of the questionnaires will be used as evidence of consent.

Thank you for participating! Your support is greatly appreciated, as we could not conduct our research without the help of all our volunteers.

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