We originally launched this survey in January 2020 but only managed to interview a small number of you before the pandemic struck. We have since been working hard at adapting our procedures and will be restarting the survey in spring 2021. At first we’ll be asking study members to take part via a video call and nurse visits will remain on hold. Depending on government COVID-19 guidelines, we hope we can visit some of you in your homes at a later date and that we can also restart nurse visits. We’ll be in touch soon with further information.
The Life in Your Early 60s Survey will involve a 90 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 look at 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.
We will also ask you to complete a paper questionnaire about how well you remember your childhood. This includes questions about your parents’ jobs, your family’s financial situation, your feelings and relationships then, as well as other areas.
After your interview, if you agree to a nurse visit, 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 link between genetics, common diseases, and life history. At the end of the nurse visit, we will also ask you to complete a very short online questionnaire about what you ate on two specific days following the nurse visit.
Life in Your Early 60s – Survey Guide