Older people as researchers

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A small group, working with Professor Roger Clough, has secured a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to enable them to explore older people¹s involvement in research, particularly into housing decisions. The group includes between 10 and 12 people, mainly from the north west of England who undertook the Lancaster University Certificate in Social Research Methods as part of their involvement in an earlier project. Now known collectively as Older People Researching Social Issues (OPRSI), they studied together and then undertook interviews for Housing Decisions in Old Age, a collaboration between the university and the older people¹s charity Counsel and Care. Prof. Clough said findings from the project were just beginning to be disseminated and the project team believed that one of the most important features was the active involvement of older people in a range of ways. “During the housing decisions research we were pressed by the interviewers ­ now working together as OPRSI ­ for greater involvement

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