Grey Matters: A Guide to Collaborative Research with Seniors

Grey Matters: A Guide to Collaborative Research with Seniors

Grey Matters: A Guide to Collaborative Research with Seniors

Grey Matters: A Guide to Collaborative Research with Seniors

Synopsis

This study marks a major step in making collaboration between seniors, academic researchers, and community researchers a reality. Many aging adults are motivated to undertake research projects in later life or even return to university after retirement. Grey Matters is the result of a pilot project developed to study the effectiveness of collaborative research involving seniors. Because the project was such a success, the authors were encouraged to make their model available both to seniors interested in undertaking their own research and to those hoping to involve seniors in collaborative research. This guide provides a helpful framework for making the most of research projects by and with seniors, including sections on such techniques as narrative interviews, focus groups, and surveys.

Grey Matters will be the first Open Access book published by the University of Calgary Press. On October 22, 2010, it will be released simultaneously in traditional print book format and as a free downloadable PDF file from this website.

Excerpt

Do you ever get angry when you read in the newspaper about
yet another study that talks about the problems of being old?
(BM, 2006)

Not another focus group! They always ask us to come and
give our ideas and then they pack up their flip charts and go
home. We never hear from them again.(PA, 2004)

To older adults, it becomes frustrating when the only research news about seniors is negative. When seniors have been asked for their ideas, their ideas seem to be taken and used by others with little credit or recognition. Many aging adults have been involved with focus groups and know about research through this experience. While they . . .

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