The ASPREE Longitudinal Study of Older Persons (ALSOP) Study has been designed to accompany the principal ASPREE study, investigating additional factors that may have a major influence on health, independence and quality of life as we grow older. For example, difficulties with hearing or eyesight, sleep, pain or falls are common problems for some older adults and can have a real impact on quality of life. Lifestyle and social factors, such as physical activity, work, and social connection are also important.
ALSOP will help us understand what circumstances, common health problems, lifestyle (including diet) or social choices have the greatest influence on health, quality of life and independence in older age.
What does participation involve?
ASPREE participants are sent 2 questionnaires early in the study (baseline), and 2 follow up questionnaires 3 years later. The questionnaires are mailed out with a reply paid envelope for return by post. We estimate the time to complete each questionnaire should be no longer than it takes to finish a pot of tea.
The first questionnaire focuses on medical health and the second questionnaire social health, such as ‘time spent with family and friends’. The 3 year questionnaires follow up on medical health and ask about diet and access to health services.
We are extremely grateful to the majority of ASPREE participants (almost 90%) who choose to share their ageing experience with us. Understanding the factors most important in healthy ageing has a key role in determining which policies and programs will be most effective in keeping older Australians healthier and independent for longer.