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Research study on ageing well with a disability

6 February, 2016

The Secret of Success: Exploring the experience of ageing well with a disability or impairment

Volunteers wanted

Would you like to help improve levels of understanding of what it means to age well with a disability or impairment and the supports that need to be in place to help people achieve this? Spire is currently supporting a Melbourne University PhD project that’s looking to do just that.

Older adults are now the fastest growing segment of the population.  And as medical treatments improve, we are now seeing more people with differing levels of physical disabilities live beyond age 65.

Unfortunately, so far very little research has looked at how individuals with a long term disability or impairment maintain a sense of ageing well, or the supports that need to be in place to help people achieve this. It is anticipated that this research can be used to develop effective interventions that can assist other people ageing with a disability to age well over the longer term.

“Share your experiences and thoughts about what it means to age well with a disability"

The researchers are now looking for volunteers aged 50 – 80 who incurred a spinal cord injury 15 years or more years ago and who are willing to share their experiences and thoughts about what it means to age well with a long-term disability or impairment.

As part of the study participants will be asked to take part in an individual interview, which can be conducted either in your home or another convenient location. The interview will last about 45 – 60 minutes.

If you’re interested in participating or finding out more about this project please contact Niki Heath:

Phone: 0458 894674

Email: [email protected]

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