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The Ageing Lab

Exploring interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of older people

What Keeps You Sharp?

Please note the survey is now closed. The details below are for information only.

What keeps you sharp? surveyPeople often think of changes in their thinking skills with age in terms of decline. While some people do experience these changes, others do not.

What Keeps You Sharp? is a nationwide survey about your beliefs and attitudes to how thinking skills might change with age.

We also want to know if you think there are things we can do to maintain or improve thinking skills as we grow older.

If you’re aged 40 or over and living in the UK you can take part here (

Other methods for completing the survey are given below. 

How to take part

There are a few ways that you can take part. Before completing the survey you will have the opportunity to read more about it and you can contact the research team at any time if you have questions.

You can complete the survey online:

If you would rather complete the survey on paper, you can download it here and return to:
Dr Alan Gow
Department of Psychology
Heriot-Watt University
EH14 4AS.

If you would like us to send you a paper copy or copies with a prepaid envelope for return, email or call 0131 451 8009. You can also request large print versions of the survey.

Help us spread the word

We want to reach as broad an audience as possible. Please do share the survey among your friends and family and any groups you might be associated with. Let us know if you would like us to send copies of the survey directly to your networks.

A poster about the survey can also be downloaded here.

Find out more

If you would like to hear about the findings of the survey when they become available next year, you can provide your details after completing the survey or get in touch with us at any time.

Read more about the launch of the survey on the Heriot-Watt University website.

Thank you for helping us explore “What Keeps You Sharp?”