Many local “baby boomers” are taking part in a new four-year study on healthy ageing. I recently received a letter in the post inviting me to take part and I happily agreed to participate.
The State Government is contributing $1 million to the Busselton Population Medical Research Foundation Inc to conduct the study. The Foundation is working in conjunction with researchers from The University of Western Australia, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, Lions Eye Institute and Ear Science Institute of Australia.
I had to fast from midnight and arrive at the facility at 7.30am this morning. The process started with a range of blood tests, including one for my DNA. Afterwards they provided me with toast and Vegemite for breakfast, then on with lots more tests.
I was there for three hours in total and there wasn’t a minute where I wasn’t being tested for one thing or another.
The study hopes to include about 4,000 people. There are around 7,000 “baby boomers” living locally but not everyone wants to take part in research. From my point of view, it was a great opportunity to get a comprehensive medical check-up for free!
Researchers are investigating factors related to:
- Obesity, nutrition and physical activity
- Heart and blood vessel disease
- Stroke and disability
- Dementia and mental disease
- Respiratory and sleep health
- Physical function
- Spinal pain
- Hearing loss
- Vision loss
Media references from the original press release in 2009.
Jennie Hui (Busselton Population Medical Research Foundation) (+61 4) 11 233 458
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716