Why should I be interested?
Research has shown that what we do in mid-life (such as smoking, what we eat, drinking alcohol, being active) has an effect on how healthy our brain is in later life. We are asking people aged 40-65 if they would like to get involved in this study. We’d like you to think about cognitive health, these research findings, and what you might want to know.
What can I do?
You can come along to a free meeting to talk about people’s understandings of dementia, and listen to research findings about reducing risk of dementia. We’ll discuss what people think of the findings, and whether it makes a difference to how they live their lives. You can then simply leave and do nothing else… OR
You can decide to do a bit more! At the end of the meeting, we aim to agree on a small number of questions or ideas that people would like to find out more about.
Will it be a lot of work?
No! The study runs until June 2016, and you can give as much or as little time as you like. University researchers will support and help, but what you do about your question or idea is up to you and your group! For example, you could:
- Research and gather information relevant to local residents;
- Take photos and map resources;
- Work in small groups to think creatively and differently about how we make decisions about lifestyle and health;
- Record conversations with other local people (think Radio 4’s Listening Project).
What do I get out of it?
We think it will be informative, interesting, and fun! You will receive an honorarium when you attend a working group meeting, and there will be opportunities to earn Time Credits, as well as free refreshments/lunch. The study may not help you directly, but it will help improve understanding of how people think about risk of dementia in later life, and what influences changes to behaviour or lifestyle. In the end this should help support people make changes in ways that are more acceptable and relevant to them.