How do you ‘age positively’?

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Ageing is the one thing that all people ultimately have in common. However, the experience of ageing varies greatly from one person to the next. So, what contributes to such differences? And perhaps more importantly, what factors lead to ageing positively?

Researchers at the Griffith University Memory Clinic are seeking to understand how important life factors such as relationships and attitudes towards time affect wellbeing and the way people age.

Lydia Hohaus, Director of Griffith University Memory Clinic, told DPS News researchers were interested in finding out the experiences of older adults living in the community and are seeking volunteers aged between 60 and 80 years to complete a questionnaire, which can be completed online or by mail.

“By volunteering you would be contributing to an important body of research that could change the experience of ageing for future generations,” Ms Hohaus said.

The growing proportion of older adults in Australia stimulated interest in the concept of ‘healthy ageing’.

“Previous research found a person’s sense of wellbeing is linked to improved quality of life, including a decreased chance of illness and quicker recovery from periods of illness.”

If you are aged between 60 and 80 years of age, are healthy and living independently, click here to complete the questionnaire online.

If you prefer to have a paper questionnaire mailed to you with a reply paid envelope, email researchers Alita Walters and Jessica Spark.

Each volunteer will be entered into a raffle for a $50 store voucher.