Attitude to life of the over 50s

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The input of Berwickshire’s over 50s is being sought for a study of the health, economic and social circumstances of that age group.

It is Scotland’s first long-term study of this kind and is being carried out by researchers from the University of Stirling-led Healthy Ageing In Scotland (HAGIS) pilot study.

They will be contacting people over 50 throughout Berwickshire, and the information residents provide will be used help to address questions such as how individuals plan for retirement and about the care given by, or provided to, our elderly population. The survey includes memory tasks and will also check if respondents’ understand key concepts that will help them plan their finances.

HAGIS project lead Dr Elaine Douglas, said: “This study will address some of the important economic, social and health problems faced by older people in Scotland. The data we gather is treated securely and confidentially. By linking the survey to health and social records, with individual consent, we will gather a much clearer picture of how Scotland’s elderly population can be better supported.

“I encourage anyone over the age of 50 who is approached about the survey to take part. Their contribution will help inform the design and implementation of policies and services affecting them now and in the future.”

This first phase of the study will seek information from 1,000 adults in people’s own homes.