MSP praises Uni re­search

Stirling Observer - - PRIMARY ONES -

Stirling’s MSP last week hosted a re­cep­tion cel­e­brat­ing a piece of Stirling Univer­sity-led re­search.

He was mark­ing the re­lease of a study ‘A Good Life in Later Years’, which was led by the univer­sity’s so­cial sciences de­part­ment in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Age Scot­land.

The re­search was funded with a grant of £97,000 from the Life Changes Trust and in­volved older peo­ple who are sub­jects of the study.

As part of the project com­mu­nity re­searchers aged be­tween 50 and 84 were en­gaged in car­ry­ing out their own re­search and anal­y­sis of Scot­land’s older peo­ple and what they thought con­sti­tuted a good qual­ity life.

Thirty com­mu­nity re­searchers were re­cruited from five ar­eas across the coun­try, in­clud­ing Stirling.

Bruce Craw­ford MSP said: “Lis­ten­ing to what older peo­ple have to say about what makes a good qual­ity of life in later years has re­sulted in a pro­vok­ing se­ries of con­clu­sions that could now help shape how we ap­proach health and well­be­ing for older peo­ple in cer­tain ar­eas.

“One of the key find­ings, the im­por­tance of be­ing part of a com­mu­nity, high­lights all too well the fears of lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion that many peo­ple of older gen­er­a­tions may have.

“In­deed, I un­der­stand that al­most all par­tic­i­pants of this study iden­ti­fied this as a pri­mary con­cern.

“I was de­lighted to host this event in Par­lia­ment to mark the hard work that went into pro­duc­ing this re­port and it was fan­tas­tic to meet some of the re­searchers and hear first­hand their thoughts on their find­ings.”

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