Staying well at 60-plus

Dr Rosanne Coutts and Dr Sonya Brownie of SCU are conducting research into the health and wellbeing of older Australians.
Dr Rosanne Coutts and Dr Sonya Brownie of SCU are conducting research into the health and wellbeing of older Australians. Steve Spinks

TWO researchers from Southern Cross University are attempting to understand what keeps older people healthy.

Dr Rosanne Coutts and Dr Sonya Brownie of the University's School of Health and Human Sciences, are conducting research into the health and wellbeing of older Australians and are asking people aged over 60 to take part in a two-hour focus group as part of the study.

They hope their study, which will revolve around interest groups, will assist worldwide efforts to better understand how communities can make healthy lifestyle choices.

"One of the things we are particularly interested in is where older people obtain their information about keeping healthy. What would people like to know and where is the best place for them to find the information they require," Dr Brownie said.

"We believe there is a real problem for older people in accessing knowledge that is useful to them."

The study will take place with focus groups of five or six people, said Dr Coutts.

"It will only take two hours and will be an enjoyable experience," Dr Coutts said. "We sit down and have some refreshments, chat together and fill out a survey that we can use for our research."

"The purpose of the focus group is in no way intended as a test of your knowledge on the topic; we are simply interested in finding out what you have to say about matters related to health and wellbeing."

"In other words, we want to know more about the influences and factors on health and wellbeing that affect you from day to day."

The researchers would love to hear from anyone 60 years and over interested in participating in the study.

Focus group:

You can take part in a focus group on Friday March 15, 1-3pm, Saturday March 16, 9-11am, Thursday March 21, 7-9pm or Friday, March 22, 1-3pm.

Focus groups will be held at the Southern Cross University Health Clinic in Lismore.



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