From: Agnes Szabo <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 at 13:01
Subject: Research with older migrants

My name is Dr Ágnes Szabó and I am a senior lecturer in the School of Health at Victoria University of Wellington. My research focuses on the ageing experiences of immigrant communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

I am contacting you to see if I could recruit participants for my project with the help of the U3A Tawa group.

Some background to the research:

I am interested in exploring the ageing experiences of older adults from different cultural communities. I am looking for adults who are 65 years old or older, immigrated to Aotearoa New Zealand as a young adult or in middle age (in their 20s, 30s, 40s) to take part in an interview. It will be an unstructured interview (more like a conversation) with either me or one of my research assistants, where we will ask people to tell us about their life story. It will take approximately 1-2 hours, and participants will receive a $50 grocery store voucher as a token of appreciation for their time.

Why is this research important?

I am hoping that the findings of the study will help us shape policy making in New Zealand. We want to ensure that our policies are designed to support the quality of life and ageing experiences of all older people.

How can your organization help us?

I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the most appropriate methods for working with your group, but based on my previous experience with other organizations, I think it might look something like this. You could contact your members via e-mail with an advertisement (written by us) for the research, including a description of the project and our contact details. If you have a notice board, we could put flyers up or if you have any programmes often visited by older adults, I would welcome the opportunity to visit with my research assistants in person and introduce the study. Those who are interested and potentially willing to participate in the study could contact us to learn more about the research, and if they are prepared to participate, we would set up a time for the interview.

Dr Ágnes Szabó , Rutherford Discovery Fellow, Senior Lecturer in Health | Pūkenga Matua, School of Health  | Te Kura Tātai Hauora, Faculty of Health | Te Wāhanga Tātai Hauora, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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