What do we understand as a good life in our later years?
This is the central question in a current research project, 30 community researchers across Scotland are currently working to find out what the essence of a good life is and what older people need to achieve and/or maintain a good life.
The project will also explore how quality of life differs for people with a long term condition, like dementia, as well as older people who become carers for a partner, relative or friend.
We aim to use our findings to influence decision makers to improve policies that support older people as they age.
Our community researchers have used a number of methods to gather this information, including focus groups, which have involved people from across the country. Key ‘quality of life’ themes that have emerged from these meetings include:
- personal independence
- health and wellbeing
- care and support...