In light of current government guidelines on the importance of social distancing to minimise the spread of COVID-19, we will not be conducting any further interviews or nurse visits for now. Please continue to check here for updates.
The Life in Your Early 60s survey will involve an 80 minute interview and two paper questionnaires. In your interview, we will ask you about, among other things, your relationships, your children, your employment, and your preparations for retirement. As part of the interview, you will be asked to complete a series of assessments that test your memory, concentration, and other aspects of cognitive ability.
Before your interview, we will ask you to complete a paper questionnaire, which will ask about a variety of areas, including leisure activities, attitudes, health, and expectations of the future.
After your interview, we will ask you to complete a paper questionnaire about how well you remember your childhood. This includes questions about your parents’ jobs, the family’s financial situation, your feelings and relationships then, as well as other areas.
When the nurse visits, they will take measures of your weight, waist and hip circumference, blood pressure, balance and your walking pace. We will also ask your permission to take a small blood sample to test for levels of cholesterol and glycated haemoglobin. If you agree, we will also ask whether you would like the results of the tests, whether we can extract DNA, and store the sample for future analysis. We hope that with this small blood sample scientists will be able to explore the like between genetics, common diseases, and life history. At the end of the nurse visit, we will ask you to complete a very short questionnaire about what you ate on two days following the interview.