Life in Your Early 60s Survey

We originally launched this survey in January 2020 but only managed to interview a small number of you before the pandemic struck. We have now restarted the survey. It’s likely to take us until early 2023 to get round to interviewing you all, so it may be some months before you receive your invitation to take part.

At first we’ll be asking study members to take part via a video call but please let your interviewer know, when they contact you, if you would prefer a face to face visit.

Nurse visits have also restarted. If you have already had your main interview and agreed to a nurse visit, we will be in touch in the coming months to arrange this.

There may be some delay between your interview and nurse visit, but before visiting you the nurse will contact you to check if you are still happy for them to visit and will arrange a date and time which is convenient for you.

What we will ask

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, glycated haemoglobin, triglycerides and C-reactive protein (CRP). If you agree to this, we will also ask whether you would like the results of the cholesterol and glycated haemoglobin tests, whether we can extract DNA, and whether we can store your blood 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.

Find out more about the Life in Your Early 60s Survey in our FAQs.

Related downloads

Life in Your Early 60s – Survey Guide