This page contains requests for help that Ealing U3A has received from various organisations.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD: Request for female baby boomers (biological age: 54 - 74) to participate in a Living Well design research with the Royal College of Art

A student is doing design research at the Royal College of Art around the mismatches between senior women (baby boomers = biological age 54 - 74) and public health services in Ealing. Their research questions are:

  • How might we empower women (baby boomers) to live well with full control over how they gather, store and use their health data?
  • How might women (baby boomers) collaborate with one another to develop new well-being habits, attract and promote relevant well-being services in a way that still protects their privacy?

The student would like to invite women in this age group to engage in this research as experts of your own experiences. You are invited to participate in one of two ways:

  • 1. Attend a short, fun and creative workshop: These workshops will last no more than 90 minutes and involve 3 - 6 baby boomers, preferably women. Men who support baby boomers in living well are also most welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • 2. Participate in a one-to-one 30 - 40 minute interview at a local Ealing cafe. This option offers you the most flexibility in terms of time / date.

If you are willing to shape the future of how public health services put you at the centre of their service, please get in touch by completing this very short Baby Boomers questionnaire.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this research study further then please contact Priya Banati (Contact: 07765 009524, email: priyadarshini.banati@network.rca.ac.uk)

This request has been approved by the Ethics group of London Region U3A

[Request posted 19 July 2019]

OLDER PEOPLE who are EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS with their MEMORY - Research Study from University College, London

A student who is currently completing an MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences at University College London is conducting a research study into older people who are experiencing problems with their memory and/or attention, but who have been told by a healthcare professional that their memory and/or attention is normal. This study is part of their Master's degree, and they are particularly interested in finding out whether there is a relationship between how we think and feel about things and self-reported problems with memory and/or attention, satisfaction with life and mood.

Specifically, they would like to see whether those people who have more difficulties with accepting their thoughts and feelings or getting caught up in them show greater self-reported problems with their memory and/or attention, lower satisfaction with their life and poorer mental well-being. They are investigating this by asking people to complete an online survey, which includes questions about people’s perception of their memory and/or attention, satisfaction with life and mood.

This is an important study because if they find that these relationships do in fact exist then this will suggest that a newer form of talking therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy may be beneficial for this population. At present, little treatment is offered to people who self-report problems with their memory and/or attention, but are later told by a healthcare professional that their memory and/or attention is normal. This study represents the first steps in trying to rectify this situation.

The study has received ethical approval from UCL Research Ethics Committee (ref 12212/002); to see this, click on the Ethics approval letter from the UCL Research Ethics Committee and the Study Participant Info sheet is also available.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this study further then please contact Elnaz Gultekin (elnaz.gultekin.18@ucl.ac.uk)

Summary -

  • Are you aged 60 years or over?
  • Are you currently experiencing difficulties with your memory and/or attention?
  • Have you discussed this with your GP or attended a memory clinic and been told that there is nothing wrong with your memory and/or attention? If yes then we would really like to hear from you.

We are researchers in Division Psychiatry at University College London and a have developed an online survey that will ask you a series of questions about your difficulties with your memory and/or attention, your mood, your satisfaction with life and various other psychological factors. This should take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete.

If you are interested in taking part then please click on Older People Memory problems to complete the survey.

If you complete the survey, you will be invited to enter into a draw for one of eight Love2Shop vouchers worth £50 each.

[Request posted 6 July 2019]

A group of research students from King’s College London would like to invite you to take part in completing a simple online questionnaire, called Technology Familiarity Questionnaire.

This questionnaire assesses people’s familiarity with and attitude to current day technology and its devices. It will take 20-30mins in one sitting. Our aim of this study is to validate this questionnaire.

If you are interested in this study, please click this link - Technology Familiarity

There is a Technology Familiarity Questionnaire document explaining the background to this study as well as its ethical approval.

Contact at KCL - Tiffanie Peng (sze.pang@kcl.ac.uk)

[Request posted 1 July 2019]

VOLUNTEERS needed for Thursday morning Chairs rota
Request from Ealing U3A Committee

We need more volunteers to put chairs out before our Thursday morning talks.

Volunteers work in teams of 4, and are asked to arrive at Ealing Green Church by 9.30 a.m on the days they are on duty. They are responsible for putting out the chairs, tables, and screen before the lecture, and for putting them away again. There is usually help putting the chairs away at the end of the morning.
Each team is only needed once a month, and if we get enough volunteers, this might be reduced to once every 5 weeks. The rota is drawn up well in advance, and we quite understand that people may sometimes be away and unable to take their shift.

If you feel you could help, please get in touch with Ed Baker who now co-ordinates this rota - contact him via the Chairs Rota link - or speak to Ed or to Sylvia Stirling, Ealing U3A Secretary on a Thursday morning.

[Request updated 16 June 2019]